Angela Bergling


Airport wall, Kirkuk / Kerkûk, A.R.Kurdistan Iraq


I spy with my little eye, something beginning with… Iraq?

Ich sehe was, was Du nicht siehst und das ist… Irak?

My ongoing artistic project I spy with my little eye something beginning with… Iraq? transposes representational documentary
photography into a new system of imagery by introducing gradients and floods of bold color. The series provocatively re-casts
some of my own photographs taken during my travels in 2010 through the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, superimposing
selected images with luminous hues and gradients. The title’s reference to the familiar children’s rhyme and associated game
calls upon the viewer to regard the world with fresh eyes. In order to overcome the worn viewing habits with which we approach
media imagery, we need to shift our perspective. Such a shift offers a promising opportunity to revisit these questions. My artistic
project holds urgency in today’s media-saturated society. A public discussion of these issues is long overdue.

*From the series: Unconvienient images for the media, every day life in Iraq.

The complete concept includes images, short films and original black & white photo material from 1940-60 (see Maman Samad).
Here you see a small selection of images: