Chopped Liver Press was founded by artists Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin to publish limited edition books and posters. The posters in this exhibition are made from selected pages from the International New York Times, and hand-printed by Broomberg & Chanarin at their studio in London. Every text appears on 100 different sheets of newspaper, forming an edition of 100 unique works. A selection of 30 works from different series form the exhibition.
Each poster features a different quote, signalling a chronology of influences and ideas on the artists: from the Yiddish insult ‘May an umbrella open up inside you’ to a quote by Carlo Levi stating that ‘The future has an ancient heart’. The articles, advertisements and images on broadsheet paper each create new meanings and parallels for the screen-printed text that has been overlaid. One sheet reads ‘More die of heart break’ (the title of Saul Bellow’s 1987 novel) over a headline reading ‘Killings dredge up a legacy of racist laws’. The novel explores themes that include how ideals can be reconciled with realities, a motif that is present in each of the posters through a juxtaposition of preserved quotes with throw-away daily news headlines.
Adam Broomberg (born 1970, Johannesburg, South Africa) and Oliver Chanarin (born 1971, London, UK) live and work between London and Berlin. They are professors of photography at the Hochschule für bildende Künste (HFBK) in Hamburg and teach on the MA Photography & Society programme at The Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague which they co-designed. Most recently, they have had solo exhibitions at Eye FIlmmuseum Amsterdam (2019), The Centre Georges Pompidou (2018) and the Hasselblad Center (2017). Their participation in international group shows include the Yokohama Trienniale (2017), Documenta, Kassel (2017), The British Art Show 8 (2015-2017), Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern (2015); Shanghai Biennale (2014); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Tate Britain (2014), and the Gwanju Biennale (2012). Their work is held in public and private collections at the Pompidou, Tate, MoMA, Yale, Stedelijk, V&A, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Cleveland Museum of Art, and Baltimore Museum of Art. Awards include the ICP Infinity Award (2014) for Holy Bible, and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize (2013) for War Primer 2. Broomberg and Chanarin are the winners of the Arles Photo Text Award 2018 for their paper back edition of War Primer 2, published by MACK.