Donald Weber Interrogations

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Interrogations

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After a lone trip to Chernobyl in 2005, Donald Weber returned to the abandoned site of the nuclear disaster and spent the next six years in Russia and Ukraine photographing the ruins of the unstoppable storm we call history.  Traveling and living with ordinary people who had endured much, and survived everything. Weber began to see the modern state as a primitive and bloody sacrifical rite of unnamed power. 

INTERROGATIONS is the result of his personal quest to uncover the hidden meaning of the bloody 20th century. In dialogue with writer Larry Frolick - whose own ancestors had been decimated in the final months of WW II - Weber insistently and provocatively addresses his questions both to the living survivors and to the ghosts of the State's innumerable victims, resurrecting their final hours by taking their point of view, and performing a kind of incantatory meditation over their private encounters with power.

The policeman, working girls, thugs, dissidents and hustlers who inhabit these pages are all orphans of a secret history; the outline of our collective fate takes shape in Weber's epic work, expanding our awareness of what it means to be an actor in today's dark opera.

 

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About the Author:

Donald Weber is a photographer fascinated by the subject of power (be it economic, political, or psychological) and how it deploys an all-encompassing theatre for its subjects.

His diverse photography projects have been exhibited as installations, exhibitions and screenings at festivals and galleries worldwide, including: the United Nations; Musée de l'Armée at Les Invalides, Paris; the Portland Museum of Art; the Royal Ontario Museum; and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

His Interrogations project and accompanying book (Schilt, 2011), about post-Soviet authority in Ukraine and Russia, was published to international acclaim from World Press Photo, PDN, Aperture, and many others; it is included in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger's seminal The Photobook: A History, Volume III.

Weber's recent projects include Barricade and War Sand. Shot over the crucial month of February, 2014, Barricade inventories the accoutrements and sites of EuroMaidan, giving us a visual language of the revolution that toppled a government and fomented a geopolitical crisis from central Kiev's Maidan Nezalezhnosti or Independence Square. The book, a collaboration with Arthur Bondar, was published in 2014 (Schilt). War Sand (to be published in 2016, Rostfrei Publishing), is a poetic rumination, through a survey of the beaches and landscapes of D-Day, about historic sacrifice and the meaning of war in our modern world.

Weber's numerous awards and include a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lange-Taylor Prize, the Duke and Duchess of York Prize, two World Press Photo Awards, and was a finalist for the prestigious Scotiabank Photography Award.
He is a member of the acclaimed VII Photo agency and is represented by Circuit Gallery in Toronto.

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