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13 · 03 · 2018

The Operators and the Targets. Rune Peitersen at Kraków Photomonth

“The Operators and the Targets” by Danish artist Rune Peitersen will be part of the group exhibition The Space of Flows. Imaging the Invisible at Kraków Photomonth international photography festival. Seven international artists will participate in the exhibition curated by Iris Sikking from the Netherlands.


The exhibition will open in April in Contemporary Art Gallery Bunkier Sztuki in Kraków, where it will last until the festival’s closing in June. Rune Peitersen will take part in the opening and later on in the festival’s master talk, where he will present his works in a broader context, talk about his artistic experience and practice and answer the questions of the audience.


His work “The Operators and the Targets” depicts two aspects of drone warfare, i.e. the drones themselves (as seen from the ground) and the people targeted by the drones (as seen by the drone operators). It tries to describe the relation between the Operators and the Targets and how these influence each other through the physical presence of the drones.

Using available online U.S. military promotional and drone combat videos, I try to show the humane and visual grey areas involved in the drone killing system; e.g. the dehumanization which occurs when warfare is reduced to a combination of constant surveillance and a predator vs. prey "hunt", and the role and impact of surveillance technology and imagery as an intermediary between the operators and their targets.
Rune Peitersen


This year’s edition of Kraków Photomonth will refer to topics such as cyberspace (including power, control and machines), landscape (human-nature relation and the anthropocene) and public space (migrations, boarders and fear).


Danish Cultural Institute is the project’s partner.


Exhibition The Space of Flows. Imaging the Invisible

Opening: April 13th, 2018, 18.00 hrs

Contemporary Art Gallery Bunkier Sztuki

plac Szczepański 3A, Kraków

The exhibition will be open until June 24th, 2018


Photos: Rune Peitersen, Kraków Photomonth