places to look

08 May 2010

kent klich shows us gaza with a sly grin

taken amid the still smoldering ruins of homes in gaza, klich's work is overwhelmed with a sense of absence and destruction that is perhaps becoming cliche for contemporary photographers. but side glances and underhanded winks in the direction of death distinguish the images from other works in the same genre. the subtle elevation of well executed executions to a level of simple beauty is uncomfortable and yet enticing. because death is only hinted and pointed to with a sly nod of the head, we are compelled to search for it. by partaking in this, we parallel the agents of violence instead of the victims. a situation that is highly interesting given the silent hand of american complacency in isreal's actions.

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