Terra Nullius is a latin expression, derived from Roman Law, describing territory that has either never been claimed by any state or which a state has relinquished. Each of Morten Barker’s pictures in this series is a digital montage made from parts of frame grabs from a well-known war movie. There is no drama, no advancing armies, no combat. The land is seen not as a contested site but as an empty stage. It is stripped of narrative, suspended from factual and fictional history. tekst by David Campany
The Still Point of the Turning World - Between Film and Photography, FOMU Antwerpen, Belgium
23 June - 8 October, 2017
Group show: Morten Barker (DK), Dirk Braeckman (BE), David Claerbout (BE), Manon de Boer (NL), Jason Dee (UK), Nir Evron (IL), Mekhitar Garabedian (BE/SY), Geert Goiris (BE), Paul Graham (UK), Guido Guidi (IT), Mark Lewis (CA), Louis Lumière (FR), Mark Neville (UK), Lisa Oppenheim (US), Raqs Media Collective (IN), John Smith (UK), John Stezaker (UK), Hiroshi Sugimoto (JP), Ana Torfs (BE), Michiel van Bakel (NL), Jeff Wall (CA); and from the FOMU collection: Henri Cartier-Bresson (FR), Eadweard Muybridge (UK) and Duane Michals (US).
Curators: David Campany & Joachim Naudts
Terra Nullius,Viborg Kunsthal, Viborg
14. september - 26. november 2017