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Horror images on show in Brighton exhibition

The Argus: Thomas Hirschhorn's wall of images led to a ban on under-18s when it was displayed in New York Thomas Hirschhorn's wall of images led to a ban on under-18s when it was displayed in New York

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.

Should the exhibition be open only to people aged 18 or over? Tell us what you think below.

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1:53pm Thu 2 Oct 08

NoWayReturns says...

I see worse stuff on West Street every Friday night, really...

"Shock" artists are a joke anyway. Who cares?
I see worse stuff on West Street every Friday night, really... "Shock" artists are a joke anyway. Who cares? NoWayReturns
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2:47pm Thu 2 Oct 08

lorrie2 says...

Im sure nowayreturns has seen people with gunshot wounds and missing limbs in west st ???? I know its bad down there but what a stupid post.One of the worst ive ever read, And on this website ive read some pretty stupid things.
Im sure nowayreturns has seen people with gunshot wounds and missing limbs in west st ???? I know its bad down there but what a stupid post.One of the worst ive ever read, And on this website ive read some pretty stupid things. lorrie2
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3:11pm Thu 2 Oct 08

Wivvy Dave says...

Not in West Street I admit but I've seen gunshot wounds in Brighton, and severed limbs and worse (corpses found after several weeks). Oh the joys of the NHS. Who needs an art exhibition or poster? Real life (or death) is varied and grotesque enough.
Not in West Street I admit but I've seen gunshot wounds in Brighton, and severed limbs and worse (corpses found after several weeks). Oh the joys of the NHS. Who needs an art exhibition or poster? Real life (or death) is varied and grotesque enough. Wivvy Dave
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3:32pm Thu 2 Oct 08

isay says...

why don't they take it on a tour of the regions affected so as, the people doing the killing might see it....?
why don't they take it on a tour of the regions affected so as, the people doing the killing might see it....? isay
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5:27pm Thu 2 Oct 08

Dobbs says...

isay wrote:
why don't they take it on a tour of the regions affected so as, the people doing the killing might see it....?
Erm... 'We' (in a broad sense) are the ones doing the majority of the killing in those regions. Unless you're suggesting taking it to army bases in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Good to see Fabrica aren't banning people under a certain age from seeing that sort of thing because those are the realities of war and the arms trade. If the army are allowed to run the cadets and brainwash kids then I think giving them the flipside is totally fair.

Try showing young people pictures of soldiers with their heads blown apart or torn limb from limb by explosives and then see how keen they are on joining up to fight wars which don't protect your country or it's citizens but are fought for purely economic reasons and they are used as cannon fodder.

I for one will be going to see it.
[quote][p][bold]isay[/bold] wrote: why don't they take it on a tour of the regions affected so as, the people doing the killing might see it....? [/p][/quote]Erm... 'We' (in a broad sense) are the ones doing the majority of the killing in those regions. Unless you're suggesting taking it to army bases in Iraq and Afghanistan? Good to see Fabrica aren't banning people under a certain age from seeing that sort of thing because those are the realities of war and the arms trade. If the army are allowed to run the cadets and brainwash kids then I think giving them the flipside is totally fair. Try showing young people pictures of soldiers with their heads blown apart or torn limb from limb by explosives and then see how keen they are on joining up to fight wars which don't protect your country or it's citizens but are fought for purely economic reasons and they are used as cannon fodder. I for one will be going to see it. Dobbs
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12:17am Fri 3 Oct 08

feline1 says...

The 18 certificate is a bit ridiculous, since kids can join the armed forces at 16!
The 18 certificate is a bit ridiculous, since kids can join the armed forces at 16! feline1
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