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Artists Space: Laura Poitras - 14 Dec 2014 to 15 Feb 2015

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14 Dec 2014 to 15 Feb 2015
Gallery Hours Tues: 2 - 8 pm
Wed thru Sat: 12 - 6 pm
Artists Space
38 Greene St, 3rd Floor
NY 10013
New York, NY
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Still from The Oath, 2010 . Laura Poitras, dir. Digital video, 96 minutes
A co-production of Praxis Films and The Independent Television Service (ITVS), with
funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Courtesy Zeitgeist Films


Artists in this exhibition: Laura Poitras


Laura Poitras

December 14, 2014 – February 15, 2015

Opening
Saturday, December 13, 6-8pm  
Artists Space Exhibitions
38 Greene Street
3rd Floor
New York
NY 10013

Open Hours
Wednesday – Sunday: noon-6pm

Screening Hours
My Country, My Country and The Oath
noon, 2pm and 4pm daily

 
 Coinciding with the worldwide release of Laura Poitras’ widely anticipated and critically acclaimed documentary CITIZENFOUR, Artists Space presents an exhibition dedicated to the filmmaker’s 9/11 Trilogy, featuring her previous features My Country, My Country, and The Oath as well as three short films The Program, Death of a Prisoner, and PRISM: Snowden Interview. Together with CITIZENFOUR, these films rigorously document and address the expansion of the security state in the aftermath of 9/11.

The 9/11 Trilogy considers, both obliquely and directly, a period in which access to information, and agency in relation to that information, has become contested ground among governments, citizens, security agencies, and the media. The films collectively raise vital questions around the role of critical visual culture at a historical juncture at which the construction of a social imaginary of “freedom” is positioned at odds with transparency and accountability.

My Country, My Country (2006), The Oath (2010) and CITIZENFOUR all revolve around individuals whose lives, in differing ways, have become intrinsically tied to the “war on terror” and U.S. military operations overseas. Each film stems from an encounter between Poitras and one of these people: Dr. Riyadh al-Adhadh, a Sunni electoral candidate in the 2005 Iraqi elections in Baghdad; Abu Jandal, a taxi-driver in Sana’a, Yemen, who had previously served as bodyguard to Osama bin Laden; and Edward Snowden, a National Security Agency computing systems contractor turned whistleblower. The writer Janet Malcolm has posited that: “The moral ambiguity of journalism lies not in its texts but in the relationships out of which they arise.” Poitras’ films highlight the complexity at the heart of practices of journalism and reportage, in the light of contemporary ideological struggles between state and citizen. They also crucially trace unfolding relations between U.S. political and military interventions, and individual positions of resistance, as knotted sites of belief and oppression.

This exhibition is supported by the Laura Poitras exhibition supporters circle:
Thomas Dozol, Robert Gober & Donald Moffett, Steven Schindler & Susan Kath, Michael Stipe, Thea Westreich Wagner & Ethan Wagner, Anonymous
 


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