home front – staging war
Claudio Hils had the opportunity to explore restricted access zones of the German armed forces, the type that exist all over the world, but that are almost always off limits. In southern Germany, troops and special task forces are rehearsing potential future military interventions among props from wars of the past as well as in the latest digital test environments.
Claudio Hils’s subdued photographs resemble surreal stage sets, reminiscent of picturesque tableaus or cinematic backdrops. The sharp contours demarking time and reality begin to blur, before the boundaries between reality and fi ction are ultimately shattered by virtual images from Bundeswehr training software.
Essays by Tobias Daniek, Stefanie Hoch, Bernd Stiegler, and Edwin Ernst Weber supplement the visuals from military, artistic, and historical perspectives.
- Heimatfront – Bühnenbilder des Krieges, Kreisgalerie Schloss Meßkirch, DE (01.07. - 01.10.2021)
- Heimatfront – Bühnenbilder des Krieges, Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Kartause Ittingen, Warth, CH (27.09.2020 - 18.04.2021)