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WHITE­WASH­ING

oil, var­nish and bleach on pho­tographs, vari­able dimen­sions, 2015

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The stock­pile of images of con­tem­po­rary wars, crimes, mas­sacres, and dis­as­ters is omnipresent in today’s media. Between visu­al­iza­tion and era­sure, between sym­bol­ic redemp­tion and repres­sion, the images of the “White­wash­ing” cycle are an attempt to deal with real­i­ty and, at the same time, the fail­ure asso­ci­at­ed with it. The ‘white­wash­ing’ with the help of paint and bleach appears as an act of lib­er­a­tion, of rap­ture and for­get­ting. It mate­ri­al­izes the hope of being able to erase the neg­a­tive, the ugly, and the vio­lent, and thus to devel­op a pro­tec­tion against the con­stant avail­abil­i­ty of the ter­ri­ble. The white cov­ers what is depict­ed as a veil and makes it unrec­og­niz­able to a cer­tain degree. The images elude safe access to remain in a strange twi­light state of white apa­thy and latent violence.

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Michael Hirschbich­ler, WHITEWASHING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
Michael Hirschbich­ler, WHITEWASHING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
Michael Hirschbich­ler, WHITEWASHING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
Michael Hirschbich­ler, WHITEWASHING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
Michael Hirschbich­ler, WHITEWASHING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
Michael Hirschbich­ler, WHITEWASHING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
Michael Hirschbich­ler, WHITEWASHING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
Michael Hirschbich­ler, WHITEWASHING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
Michael Hirschbich­ler, WHITEWASHING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
WHITE­WASH­ING, 2015
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