Lucas Kunz, “Radiograms”
Artist: Lucas Kunz (Kleines Wiesental, Germany)
Medium/technique(s): Digital print on paper, wood, rolled Japanese paper
Number of pages: 40
Dimensions, open: box: 20 x 40 x 4 cm; book: 21.5 x 31 cm
Dimensions, closed: box: 20 x 20 x 6 cm; book: 21.5 x 15.5 x 0.4 cm
Sadly topical again the gruesome facts, brought to our attention thanks to Wikileaks, which made secret, hidden documents, pertaining to wartime deeds accessible to the wider public; or recent reports in the media about the questionable establishment of an enterprise, serving a mercenary military body, in Basel, Switzerland; or the fact, that the mercenaries, who committed various war crimes are able, thanks to their status, not only to avoid prosecution, but also to pursue unhindered their «activities».
In order to create the book Radiograms, I used the radio messages exchanged between the two Apache helicopters involved in the massacre and the ground station to form a continuous dialogue and placed them in the context of video stills from the video produced by the on-board camera of one of the helicopters.
Only two badly injured children survived the massacre on civilians, which lasted half an hour, during which the original recordings were made. I refrained from changing, erasing or in any way interpreting the commentaries of the soldiers – they speak for themselves. Free from the accompaniment of either sound or picture they acquire another, elusive, almost universal dimension.
The freedom of possible interpretations I would rather leave to the reader.