Rabih Mroué’s The Pixelated Revolution & Death of a Cameraman consist of series of found images and videos of gunmen in Syria. Each image depicts two shooters - the cameraman and the gunman - and the result of the confrontation is unknown (but safe to assume that one shooter dies). These face-to-face images are striking in their abstraction, but still descriptive enough to be provocative. Viewers are pushed to consider the role of the camera and the internet in documenting a violent uprising. In the videos, we hear gunfire and the cameraman falls while the camera continues to record. Though viewers cannot be sure of the fate of the cameraman, we can only guess. And we are there with him (or her). The cameraman dies and we are able to keep watching.
Mroué’s work is up at Apex Art 291 Church Street (Tribeca) as well as at the ICP Triennial 1133 6th Ave