Visiting Documentarian – Wolf Böwig

Wolf Böwig: mīgozārad [it will pass] – written on a wall in kunduz

The Department of Art and Art History, The Film Studies Program, Art Forum and The Peace Coalition invite you to a reading, lecture and reception:

“Wolf Böwig: This Is War”

Lecture and discussion by Wolf Böwig follows a reading by Professor David Landon, Dept. of Theatre, from a text by Portuguese journalist Pedro Rosa Mendes
Thursday, April 21, 7:30 PM. Reception follows.

Convocation Hall, Sewanee: The University of the SouthUniversity Avenue, Sewanee, TN 37383-1000

Wolf Böwig was born in 1964 and studied Mathematics and Philosophy before choosing to be a photographer.
He has worked,since 1988, on commissions for several international newspapers and magazines such as the NZZ, NYTimes, Le Monde, New Yorker and Lettre International. Böwig’s assignments have nearly always been in areas of conflict and crisis such as in former Yugoslavia, Africa, Asia, and has been awarded numerous awards for this work, including the 2007 “The Aftermath Project Grant” which was published by Aperture, NY and Mets & Schilt, Amsterdam. His work has been exhibited internationally and was most recently on view at the Schauspielhaus Foyer, in Hannover, Germany. He is also a founding member of the German section of “Reporters sans frontiers”.
The photographer’s project, “Kurosafrica”* documents the ongoing deterioration of countries in Central, West and East Africa, and along with another project, “Krieg, this is war”, will form the basis for Böwig’s visit to and lecture in Sewanee.

“Central Africa is being ravaged since the last decade by a string of conflicts that span from Caprivi Strip in Northern Namibia to Uganda and the Great Lakes Region. These conflicts also bridge with volatile Westafrica – through deals and smuggling, tricky and everchanging alliances, blunt exploitation of natural resources and massive displacement of populations. This first continental war is both original in its dimensions and in its nature. It is likely, so far, that its most relevant consequence – besides the already unbearable toll in human suffering and casualties – will be the informal and “de facto” reshaping of the political map of Africa.


*The project title was created by blending the name of the Japanese film director “Aikira Kurosawa” and “Africa“. Kurosawa’s film “Ran” (Chaos) from 1986, interprets civil war, as in Shakespeare’s “King Lear”, as everyone against everyone.

For more information, please contact Pradip Malde



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