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Horror images on show in Brighton exhibition
Visitors to a controversial photography exhibition are being warned about the horrific images on show.
The Incommensurable Banner will be on display at Brighton’s Fabrica Gallery from tomorrow as part of Brighton Photo Biennial 2008.
Artist Thomas Hirschhorn has created a huge unfurled roll of material covered with brutally graphic photographs of warfare from Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Many images are of corpses with missing or mangled limbs, exposed innards, burns and bullet holes.
The hard-hitting work sparked fierce debate when it was shown in New York recently.
After an outcry, admission was limited to people over the age of 18.
The 4m-high, 18m-long banner is expected to dominate the gallery in the former Holy Trinity Church at the corner of Ship Street and Duke Street.
The publicity material for the exhibition says: “It reads as an endless parade of utter destruction, depicting bodies blown apart by modern weapons, weapons designed not just to kill but to obliterate.
“The images presented in this exhibition are graphic in their representation of violence and war.
“They may be considered unsuitable for children, and may be disturbing to viewers of any age.”
Organiser Bruno Ceschel told The Argus that visitors to Fabrica will be warned about what is on show inside.
He said: “There will be a sign and somebody at the door advising minors and teenagers.
“In New York they decided not to let people under 18 see the exhibition.
“That actually encouraged more people to go and see it.”
The overall Biennial event, entitled Memory Of Fire: The War Of Images And Images Of War, is made up of ten separate exhibitions curated by writer and critic Julian Stallabrass.
It includes photography, film and material from the internet which has been produced and circulated in wartime, from Vietnam to the present.
Brighton Photo Biennial 2008 runs until November 16.
Venues include the Duke of York’s cinema and the University of Brighton’s Sallis Benney theatre.
For details, visit www.bpb.org.uk.
On Saturday, October 25 the Biennial will form part of a new festival called White Night to be held in venues, galleries, bars and restaurants across the city to celebrate the clocks being turned back at the end of British Summer Time.
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