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Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin: Chicago: Everything That Happened, Happened Here First Hardcover – January 15, 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: SteidlMack; First Edition edition (January 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3865213073
  • ISBN-13: 978-3865213075
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 0.8 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,933,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nicole Schuster on July 5, 2008
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With the photographs and comments included in this book, Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin want to show how the metastases of war invade each organic fibre of the Israeli and Palestinian societies. The book starts with the unveiling of the existence of a fake military town called Chicago built in the middle of the Negev desert where, as the authors write: "Everything that happened happened here first, in rehearsal". All wars led and to be led by Israel in the future are being practiced in Chicago. The worst is that the phenomenon of war becomes surreptitiously incrusted in the collective unconscious of Israeli people, so that it converts itself into a quasi natural occurrence in their daily life. This could be interpreted as a manifestation of estrangement, since considering war as a natural phenomenon or even as a contingency is a symptom of alienation. That may be particularly true if one realizes that the "civilian occupation" is supported by a whole theological and philosophical system. Biblical symbols such as a rock, a tree, a hill chosen to express the original suffering and resistance of the Jewish people against the Gentiles, are used as a mythical rallying point in the implantation of a new Israeli colony. As Eyal Weizman states, Broomberg and Chanarin have the great merit of having succeeded at their task of translating into an accessible language the hidden mechanisms of this war and the pernicious and long-term consequences that they have on people.
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