Broomberg and Chanarin

Lives & works: LONDON, UK

Adam Broomberg was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1970 and Oliver Chanarin in 1971 in London, where both artists now live and work together. Their multimedia works address the human condition via subjects such as politics, history, war and religion. Originally trained as photographers, Broomberg and Chanarin use varied media, from 6 metres of photographic paper exposed to the sun for 20 seconds on the Afghanistan front-line, in their acclaimed piece The Day Nobody Died (2008), to a work involving discarded footage, images and found objects from the original film set of 1970s American satirical black comedy-drama war film, Catch 22. Photojournalism is merged with visual art, producing provocative, ambiguous and sometimes absurdist interpretations of history, current events and cultural aesthetics.

The limited edition Humans and Other Animals, 2016, created for Field Editions originates from their 2015 Tate children’s publication of the same name, a playful A-Z demonstrated in sign-language. Black and white images from the Getty Archive are used in combination with bright graphics and hand-drawn vectors and each unique print represents an enquiry into the relationship between text and image.


Broomberg and Chanarin have held solo exhibitions internationally, including the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2015); Jumex Foundation, Mexico City, (2014); FotoMuseum, Antwerp, (2014); Mostyn, Llandudno, UK (2014); Townhouse, Cairo, (2010); Musée de l’Elysee, Lausanne (2009) and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, (2006).
Group shows include The British Art show 8, touring exhibition (2015-2017); Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern, London and Museum Folkwang, Essen (2015).

They have also exhibited at Shanghai Biennale (2014); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Tate Britain (2014), London; Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, (2013); Gwanju Biennale (2012) and The KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, (2011).

Broomberg and Chanarin’s work is held in major public and private collections including Tate, MoMA, Stedelijk, the V&A Museum, London. They also have works at The International Center of Photography and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Major awards include the ICP’s Infinity Award (2014) for Holy Bible, and the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2013).

Broomberg and Chanarin are represented by Lisson Gallery, London.

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