›Index: Riots, Protest, Mourning and Commemoration (as represented in newspapers, January 2000 – July 2002)‹

Willem de Rooij explores the mech- anics of political representation through a process of iconographic mapping, reminiscent of Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne Atlas, detaching photos from their respective captions. Index: Riots, Protest, Mourning and Commemoration (as represented in newspapers, January 2000–July 2002), consists of a collection of images of public gatherings as represented in newspapers at the brink of the rise of online image search engines. Detached from their captions, which are offered to the viewer in a bound separate index, patterns in the grammar and choreography of protest and public gathering are revealed (Source: excerpts from the wall-labels of the exhibition ›Resisting Images‹ of the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie ›Farewell Photography‹).

Willem de Rooij: Index: Riots, Protest, Mourning and Commemoration (as represented in newspapers, January 2000 – July 2002), 2003
18 panels, each 185 x 141 cm, Collages on paper, Wooden frames, accompanying book with captions.

The photo gallery of the complete work here.