Hannah Arendt translated into Ukrainian /2017

13 panels, 25.2 x 22.8 cm each

"Evil comes from a failure to think. It defies thought for as soon as thought tries to engage itself with evil and examine the premises and principles from which it originates, it is frustrated because it finds nothing there. That is the banality of evil."

from Amos Elon, The Excommunication of Hannah Arendt, the introduction to Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

This is a mockumentary post-photographic project about a KGB spy in Western Germany who, at one point of his career as a political assassin, had received a photographic camera as a reward for a successful killing of an enemy of the Soviet state.

The question I tried to answer was simple - “how (if at all) this violent provenance of a photo camera would reflect on the family photos taken later with it?” Would an assassin’s family album look any different from an album of any ‘innocent’ person? Or would it be just as dull? Will a camera paid for with blood bear a mark of evil or would it make the same shots as all the others paid for with cash? Is evil banal in this particular case? (Spoiler: it is.)

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