I have posted
before about Martha Rosler
and her series of photomontages "Bringing the War Home, House Beautiful" in which she inserts images of military personel and mayhem into what would normally be scenes of domestic banality. Rosler created the first series during the Viet Nam War and has resumed a second series with images from Iraq. Here is an example from the first series:
Red Stripe Kitchen from "Bringing the War Home, House Beautiful (1967-72)" © Martha Rosler.
I find the way Rosler creatively juxtaposes public and private, personal and political, consumption and destruction, advertisisng and documentary and so forth in these works powerful and thought provoking. And I figued that her vision was able to bring together dminensions of experience that we typically work diligently to maintain as separate spheres. Then today my friend Susan pointed out a story
on BBC4 on the anniversary of the Magnum Agency. Among the exemplary photos the BBC used to illustrate the story is this one:
NORTHERN IRELAND, 1973. The incongruities of daily life in the urban war zone. For years, the people of Northern Ireland have lived in a strange and strained symbiosis with the occupying British army. © Philip Jones Griffiths / Magnum.
It is hard to believe that Jones Griffiths was influenced by Rosler, or even that he'd seen her work. But, add color and a bit of glamour and his photograph could be one of hers (and, of course, the reverse). You an find an terrific interview (2003) with Jones Griffiths here
Labels: Jones Griffiths, Martha Rosler