Paolo Pellegrin: As I was Dying

Paolo Pellegrin: As I was Dying

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“When I do my work and I’m exposed to the suffering of others –their loss or, at times, their death – I feel I am surviving as a witness; my role and responsibility is to create a record for our collective memory. Part of this, I believe, has to do with notions of accountability. Perhaps it is only in their moment of suffering that these people will be noticed, and nothing erases our excuse of saying one day that we did not know. But I also feel that it is in this very delicate and fragile space that surrounds death, the space that I sometimes have both the privilege and burden of entering, there exists the possibility of an encounter with the other in a way that goes beyond words and culture and differences. It is about being exposed for a moment in front of each other and in front of the act and mystery of dying. In that moment I feel I am looking at something that I can’t completely see but that is looking at me. It is in exchange that something simultaneously universal and deeply intimate can be found; in the death of the other there is a loss that belongs to everyone.” – Paolo Pellegrin

Paolo Pellegrin
As I was Dying
30. August – 8. November 2015

IG Halle im Kunst(Zeug)Haus
Schönbodenstr.1
Rapperswil, 8640
Switzerland

AFGHANISTAN. Nangahar province. May 2006. A helicopter used by the Drug Enforcement Agency and Afghan troops lands in Kabul, Afghanistan, after completing a mission.

Paolo Pellegrin: As I was Dying

AFGHANISTAN. May 2006. Hindu Kush range, Badakhshan province.

Paolo Pellegrin: As I was Dying

LEBANON. Dahia, Beirut. August, 2006. Moments after an Israeli air strike destroyed several buildings in Dahia.

Paolo Pellegrin: As I was Dying

LEBANON. Beirut . August 2006. Moments after an Israeli air strike destroyed several buildings in Dahia.

Paolo Pellegrin: As I was Dying

U.S. soldiers come under fire in Baghdad.

Paolo Pellegrin: As I was Dying


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