Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

We recently added Holy Bible by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin to our collection of Artists’ Books at GSA Library.

At first, the book is indistinguishable from the King James Bible: It is a beautiful leatherbound hardcover, with gilt edges and red endpapers. The text inside is also sourced from the bible.

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However, superimposed onto the text are images — often strange or disturbing ones — that the artists sourced from the Archive of Modern Conflict in London, where “violence, calamity and the absurdity of war are recorded extensively”, making it the largest archive of its kind in the world.The artists were inspired to use this archive by an essay called ‘Divine Violence’, by philosopher Adi Ophir, which is pasted on to the back cover of Holy Bible, in which Ophir argues that God reveals himself and governs primarily through conflict and disaster.

Holy Bible by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Holy Bible by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

MACK, who co-published the text with the Archive of Modern Conflict, describe the work as “exploring themes of authorship, and the unspoken criteria used to determine acceptable evidence of conflict.

Holy Bible by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

Holy Bible by Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin

Inspired in part by the annotations and images Bertolt Brecht added to his own personal bible, Broomberg and Chanarin’s publication questions the clichés at play within the visual representation of conflict.”

Holy Bible by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

Holy Bible by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin

This title will be available to view by appointment made here.

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