With Holy Shit, opening tonight January 28th 2016, galerie Hiltawsky presents the first exhibition in Germany of London-based artist duo BeckerHarrison. The show features 17 black & white photographs from their eponymous series, which was produced during Easter and Passover celebrations in Jerusalem. Their visual commentary on the coexistence of the three world religions Judaism, Christianity, and Islam is both subtle and ironic.
Using Carolin Becker’s photographs like a canvas, painter and graffiti artist Simon Harrison integrates signs of a seemingly omnipresent military presence. Through skillful airbrushing techniques, he equips the depicted protagonists with weapons and other trappings. ‘Holy Shit’ thus visualizes the interplay of religion and violence that has prevailed in Jerusalem since the 1960s.
The work ‘Machine Gun Preachers’ depicts a procession of Catholic priests who seem to be armed with machine guns. Despite appearing astonishingly realistic, a closer look reveals the artistic intervention that transforms the pure (photographic) image into a commentary that is both abstract and political, an invitation to dialogue.