Christian Marclay's Crossfire (2007) will be on display at the Photographers' Gallery in London as part of the group exhibition 'Shoot! Existential Photography'. For this piece Marclay edited together Hollywood film samplings depicting moments in which the actors on screen begin to take aim at movie theatre audiences. The montage, showcased on four surrounding screens, will transport the viewer into a visual and acoustic crossfire from all sides.
In the years following World War I, a curious attraction made its appearance in funfairs and amusement parks: the photo-shooting gallery. When the customer hit the bull’s-eye, he or she triggered a camera, instantly catching them in action. The metaphorical charge of the activity is unmistakable, the system being founded on a strange confrontation between shooting and photography. At the end of the exhibition at the Photographers' Gallery, visitors will have the unique opportunity to take portraits of themselves in a photographic shooting gallery.
The exhibition is curated by Clément Chéroux and coproduced by les Rencontres d’Arles and the Museum Für Photographie, Braunschweig.
Christian Marclay in 'Shoot! Existential Photography'
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12 October 2012 - 6 January 2013
Christian Marclay 'Crossfire' 2007 4 channel video projection Duration: 8 minutes 27 seconds looped
© Christian Marclay Courtesy White Cube