Emanuel Licha


Emanuel Licha

How Do We Know What We Know?

10.09 — 23.10 / 2011

© Emanuel Licha, How do we know what we know? Extrait vidéo 2011

Vernissage 10 September 2011 – 17h

How do we know what we know?

How do we know what we know? The studio journalist addresses the special envoy who was unable to access the conflict area mentioned in the report he produced from amateur images. Only a few years ago, we could still hear that it was the media that decided when a conflict began, as soon as journalists went there. The multiplication of images shot by the protagonists themselves, coupled with their almost instantaneous diffusion, modifies this equation. Do we still need the journalists?

Images are tools and weapons for the conduct of wars. This is not new in itself, but what is probably more new is the multiplication of their sources. This is therefore a good time to question “classical” journalistic work, which is based in particular on the rarely contested testimony of war correspondents. All the equipment surrounding this media coverage already seems a little outdated and may soon be obsolete: special envoys, film crews, satellite trucks, war hotels, “flash info” and other “breaking news”, the dramatic jingle of the newscast… What is a “good” conflict image? Where are they made and how will they be built tomorrow? How to criticize it with other images? Media production and dissemination create devices in which we are caught, and to which we contribute more or less voluntarily. It is the details – sometimes seemingly benign – of these devices that we can try to describe, so that we can think about them and perhaps get away from them.

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Crédit photo : Jocelyn Riendeau


Emanuel Licha’s work in video and photography is part of urban and architectural issues by considering landscape objects as social, historical and political indicators. His recent projects question the means used to observe and witness violent and traumatic events. After completing his master’s studies in urban geography, Emanuel Licha pursued studies in visual arts at Concordia University in Montreal and at the Ecole nationale des beaux-arts de Lyon. He teaches film practices at the Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-La Villette, and is a member of the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths College, University of London. The artist thanks the Canada Council for the Arts for its support.

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