“When napalm is burning, it is too late to extinguish it. You have to fight napalm where it is produced: in the factories.” Harun Farocki speaks directly into the camera, reading from a letter penned by a Vietnamese napalm victim in one of his first agitprop films, Inextinguishable Fire, 1961.
Paddle8 takes a closer look at the artist whose current exhibition Harun Farocki: Images of War (as a Distance is on view at MoMA. After channeling the victim’s sentiments, Farocki proceeds to burn a cigarette on his own wrist — a 400 Celcius degree burn as compared with the 3000 degree burns sustained by napalm victims.
In Images of War, we are encountered with a large body of Farocki’s works, reflecting his perspectives on war, political propaganda, and violence. His style ranges, created by a combination of juxtaposing appropriated found films, personal footage and statements, and real-time virtual reenactments projected on large screens.
Check out Harun Farocki’s website where he catalogs from A-Z every project he has directed, written, or performed in.
Harun Farocki: Images of War (At Distance) is currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art, closing January 2
Taking Sides the exhibition curated by Zak and Robin Williams, closing October 25th on Paddle8!