Jens Klopman | Jens Kloppmann
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U fotografskom egzilu – Osveta za Trockog, 2002.
In Photographic Exile – Trotsky’s Revenge
, 2002


Born in 1969 in Witten, Germany
lives and works in Berlin

www.kloppmann.org

From the series: Im fotografischen Exil (Rache für Trotzki), 2002

In Photographic Exile – Trotsky’s Revenge

After Stalin had succeeded in removing his adversary Leo Trotsky initially from all his governmental and party offices, exiling him to Kazakhstan and finally in 1929 banishing him completely from the Soviet Union, he had Trotsky’s image deleted from all the historical photographs which were in circulation in the Soviet sphere of influence. In 1940 Stalin’s critic and proponent of the concept of the “permanent revolution“ was assassinated by a contract killer with an ice-pick in his house in the Mexican town of Coyoacán which had been converted into a fortress.

In the series “In Photographic Exile – Trotsky’s Revenge”, however, the picture of Trotsky appears suddenly some three decades later on photographs of historical events at which Trotsky was either not actually present or indeed could not have been present as he was no longer alive. Whereas Trotsky’s face was air-brushed ourt of the historical photographs on orders from Stalin, Jens Kloppmann mounts it on photos of quite different events. And in this sense Trotsky finds at his photographic exile.

Kloppmann reacts to Stalin’s forgeries by creating new ones. The photos in which Trotsky is exiled are all of historical significance. At the same time, it is unimportant that many of the photos into which Trotsky’s picture has been inserted, were created after his death. Not even an exile can always choose his exile himself.

Markus S. Schulz

From: Markus S. Schulz: “Rekombinierte Repräsentationen: Untersuchungen fotografischer Wirklichkeit“, in: Störbilder: Das Bild angesichts des Realen, Ed. v. Oliver Fahle, Weimar, VDG, p. 89-109.

English: creativ Übersetzungen, Cologne

Rođen 1969. godine u Vitenu, Nemačka. Živi i radi u Berlinu.

www.kloppmann.org

U fotografskom egzilu - Osveta za Trockog, 2002.

Nakon što je Staljinu pošlo za rukom da svog suparnika Lava Trockog najpre ukloni sa svih vladajućih i partijskih funkcija, da ga progna u Kazahstan, a 1929. godine ga konačno deportuje iz Sovjetskog Saveza, dao je nalog da se slika Trockog retuširanjem izbriše sa svih istorijskih snimaka koji su se pojavljivali u sovjetskoj sferi uticaja. Godine1940, ovog Staljinovog kritičara i zastupnika ideje o "permanentnoj revoluciji", u njegovom meksičkom stanu u Kojoakanu, koji je bio pretvoren u tvrđavu, capinom je ubio ubačeni plaćeni ubica.

Međutim, nekoliko decenija kasnije, u seriji U fotografskom egzilu - Osveta za Trockog, slika Trockog se iznenada pojavljuje na fotografijama istorijskih događaja na kojima Trocki, zapravo, uopšte nije bio prisutan, a delimično to nije ni mogao biti s obzirom da tada nije više bio živ. Dok je lik Trockog, po Staljinovom nalogu, retuširanjem uklonjen sa istorijskih snimaka, Jens Klopman ga montažom ubacuje u sasvim druge događaje. U tom smislu Trocki odlazi u fotografski egzil.

Na Staljinove falsifikate Klopman sada reaguje novim falsifikatima. Svi snimci na kojima je Trocki pronašao utočište, istorijski su značajni. Pri tome je nebitno što su mnoge fotografije u koje je naknadno montirana slika Trockog nastale tek nakon njegove smrti. Ni egzilant ne može uvek da izabere gde će mu biti egzil.

Markus S. Šulc

Iz: Markus S. Schulz: „Rekombinierte Repräsentationen: Untersuchungen fotografischer Wirklichkeit“
(Rekombinovane reprezentacije: Istraživanja fotografske stvarnosti), u: Störbilder: Das Bild angesichts des Realen, hrsg. v. Oliver Fahle, Weimar, VDG, str. 89-109.