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Katharina Gruzei - War Rooms



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Katharina Gruzei - War Rooms by Valentin Diaconov
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As the setting for WAR ROOMS, Austrian photographer Katharina Gruzei (b. 1983) chose a photographic journey through the halls of Moscows Museum of the Great Patriotic War. She turned her gaze away from its large-scale war dioramas to focus on areas of the space in which museum structures and staging strategies become apparent. The large-format images in this oversized artists book both capture the epic scale of war and portray the museums pathos-filled murals of wartime activities engaging in absurd dialogue with the museums daily functioning. Painted soldiers appear entrenched behind a desk that belongs to the museum staff; a gathered group of military commanders seem to stare at a red phone placed in the room; and, set in the middle of painted battlefields, museum doors suggest an escape route out of war. In this series of images, Gruzei combines fundamental
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May 1st, 2016
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