Aernout Mik

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Aernout Mik’s exhibition “Raw Footage/Scapegoats” consisted of two projects. Raw Footage (all works 2006), a two-channel video installation, is the artist’s first work employing found footage. Mik edited material shot during the war in the former Yugoslavia, gathered from the archives of Reuters and Independent Television News (ITN), into a 39-minute double projection. We always see more or less related footage on both screens; in one segment, for instance, dead bodies are dragged and carried in different ways by one or more people, resulting in a perverse typology of corpse displacement. In other parts we see children dressed as soldiers, people reacting to sirens, or soldiers and civilians (if this distinction is valid in a situation in which numerous military and paramilitary groups are active) standing around, not doing much at all. The drama is mostly understated.

The Yugoslav war was,

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