Emanuel Licha // Now Have A Look At This Machine
Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
January 26, 2018 to April 1, 2018
Curated by Lesley Johnstone, Head of Exhibitions and Education at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
The exhibition Now Have A Look At This Machine is a reflection on what Québec artist Emanuel Licha terms the “hotel machine,” examining the role hotels play in the fabrication, analysis and dissemination of images of war. It includes an hour-long creative documentary titled Hotel Machine, which was filmed in the hotels that housed foreign war correspondents covering conflicts in Beirut, Sarajevo, Gaza, Kiev and Belgrade. Surrounding the central projection space of the film are five archival stations which, through texts, images, documents and excerpts from news reports and fiction films, investigate the concept of the war hotel as proximity, vantage point, security, communication and hub.