Emanuel Licha: Striking a Pose

Marie-Hélène Leblanc, Andréanne Roy and Tina Di Carlo

Musée régional de Rimouski
54 pp 34 col. ill. 10 x 7 in softcover 
$25.00 Can. $30.00 U.S.
June 2014

licha.jpgspacer.gifBest known for his provocative War Tourist series, Emanuel Licha has built a reputation for constructing images that blur the line between real and simulated military conflict. His films, videos and photographs operate as real-life tours of battle-stricken areas, investigating how traumatic and violent events are looked at and are shown. Works featuring a mock Iraqi village set up by the American army in the Mohave desert and now operated by Hollywood professionals, or a French military unit that plays both sides in a simulated conflict encourage us to question the images of war that incessantly invade our lives. This career overview looks at major installations including Mirages (2011), R for Real (2008) and War Tourist (2004-2008). In English and French.

Born in Montréal, Emanuel Licha lives in Paris where he is associate Professor at the École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-La Villette. He is a member of the Centre for research architecture, Goldsmiths College, University of London. Recent exhibitions of Licha’s work have been held at MACBA (Barcelona), NGBK (Berlin), Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), Parsons New School for Design (New York), Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art (Rotterdam), and Musée d’art moderne de la ville de Paris.

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