Two channel video installation, 11:30 min loop
(Image courtesy of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina)
In Relation To Power: Politically Engaged Works from the Collection
The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA,
Sep 09, 2021 – Feb 13, 2022
Gift of William and Ruth True
Since the 1990s, Christoph Draeger has continued to explore disaster and violence as increasingly—and disturbingly—natural components of our daily lives. Crash is a video montage of plane crashes borrowed from news footage, Hollywood movies, and amateur video, edited together into a crafted metaphor for real life catastrophe. The prolonged duration of the work is reminiscent of the repetition and endless replays of accidents and warfare broadcasted to cable news. Consequently, the work functions as a critique of the objectivity of news coverage and the way in which images can exploitatively manipulate perception. This video was shown in a group exhibition titled "Brooklyn!”, at PBICA, Institute of Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, Florida, during the tragic events of 9/11 - a hauntingly close example of life imitating art.