War is the Father of all and of all is king;
some he makes Gods and some Men,
some he makes slaves and some free.

Eraclito, Fr. 53 (Diels – Kranz)

Fragmentum 53 is a documentary film set in Liberia.

Co-produced by Federica Schiavo Gallery and the Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, this operation is conceived as an investigation into the necessity and the role of war and violence within the founding of a given culture. That necessity – namely, the cataclysmic experience of conflict and war, understood as a moment of acceleration and definition of the processes of cultural selection – is precisely the phenomenon that this operation aims to explore.

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