by Herlinde Koelbl
31 October 2014 till 11 January 2015
With her new, international art project TARGETS the German photographer Herlinde Koelbl deals with military training and the cultural differences that are reflected in the targets used for shooting practice in the different countries.The exhibition focuses on the unusual topic of targets on which people are trained to be soldiers and prepared for war. Herlinde Koelbl journeyed to military training grounds in the USA, China, Russia, Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, Norway, Mongolia and many other countries. The photographs show tattered cardboard man-sized silhouettes, plastic dolls riddled with gunshots and metal plates pierced by bullets. At the same time they reveal the different techniques and topographies of war.
American soldiers train house-to-house fighting in desert cities created by Hollywood set designers, Japanese militaries prepare for war in unknown territories by
passing through surrealistic concrete chasms. Video and sound installations and portraits of soldiers complement the photos. Excerpts from interviews give a personal insight into the situation of soldiers at the world’s firing ranges. An exhibition of the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany in cooperation with Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin.