The Uncertain Dependability of Truth: Johan Grimonprez’s New Film Makes Clear It’s One Thing We Can Count On
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The Uncertain Dependability of Truth: Johan Grimonprez’s New Film Makes Clear It’s One Thing We Can Count On

Installation view of “Johan Grimonprez: | blue orchids |,” 2017, at Sean Kelly, New York. JASON WYCHE, NEW YORK/COURTESY SEAN KELLY, NEW YORK The question, possibly of the century: How did America end up with a reality-TV president? Might it have been Russian hackers or disenfranchised voters? blue orchids (2017), a film by the New York-based artist Johan Grimonprez showing at Sean Kelly gallery , proposes a virtually incontrovertible answer: the uncertain dependability of “truth.” The film itself is a shortened version of The Shadow World , a feature-length documentary that Grimonprez premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Based on a book of the same name by Andrew Feinstein, The Shadow World is a journalistic deep dive into the duplicitous international arms trade. blue orchids , by contrast, is a portrait of two men with stories that provide a dialectical backdrop to the film’s underlying theme. The individuals are Chris Hedges, the New York Times ’s grizzled former war correspondent, and Riccardo Privitera, a chain-smoking former arms and equipment dealer who traded through his now-dissolved company, Talisman Europe Ltd. Still from Johan Grimonprez’s blue orchids (2017), showing “Apache Target.” “If WikiLeaks had happened in 1968, we would have […]

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