War Primer 2 by Broomberg & Chanarin

26 Jan 2015

Regular opening hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 22:00
10:00 – 22:00
10:00 – 18:00

Cost of entry

£20/£15 Including Private View of Conflict, Time, Photography

Tate Modern

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Bus: 45, 63, 100, 344, 381, RV1
  • Tube: Southwark/Blackfriars
  • Train: London Bridge

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Featured artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin choreograph a unique performance throughout the galleries of Conflict, Time, Photography.


Using Bertolt Brecht and Hanns Eisler’s unfinished opera War Primer as raw material, the performance responds to specific photographic works in this landmark exhibition through procession, poetry and military drumming. Eighteen army cadets aged between 14 and 17 will participate in this one off event.

Guests are invited to explore the exhibition from 18.30, with the performance commencing shortly after this. Please arrive on time. 


Adam Broomberg (born 1970, Johannesburg, South Africa) and Oliver Chanarin (born 1971, London, UK) are artists living and working in London. Together they have had numerous solo exhibitions including the Jumex Foundation, Mexico City (2014); FotoMuseum, Antwerp(2014); Mostyn, Llandudno, UK(2014); Townhouse, Cairo (2010); Musée de l’Elysee, Lausanne (2009) and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2006). Their participation in international group shows has included: Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014); Tate Britain (2014), Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha (2013); Gwanju Biennale (2012) and the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2011). 

Their work is held in major public and private collections including Tate, MoMA, Stedelijk, the V&A, the International Center of Photography and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Major awards include the ICP’s Infinity Award (2014) and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for their publication War Primer 2 (2013). Upcoming group exhibitions include the Shanghai Biennale 2014, as well as Cross Section of a Revolution at Lisson Gallery in January 2015.


Simon Baker

Exhibiting artists

Oliver Chanarin

Adam Broomberg


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