Iconic Ketchup is a movie composed of a series of digitally-elaborated still images taken from frames of youtube videos showing the atrocity of some of the most important political events of the contemporary world, namely the 9/11, the Iranian Green uprising, and the Arab revolutions.
It is part of the Disobedience archive, on going curatorial project collecting videos of social resistance from the seventies until now. The work has been shown at Castello di Rivoli Torino, MIT Boston, Raven Row London, Sala de Arte Publico Siqueiros Mexico city, Bildmuseet Umea, Bureau Public Copenaghen, Salt istanbul, among others (disobediencearchive.org/).
The work is also probing into the concept of heroes and martyrs in Western and Arab society: while in the West images of the jumpers were censored from the 9/11 museum, in Middle East images of martyrs continue to be overexposed, marking a different approach to vision and death.
The digital elaboration proceeds with the idea of ripping the image and drilling into its pixels to extract amorphous yet digital shapes and colors as a sort of paradoxical, a-logarithmic, primordial trace of the image itself. In Iconic Ketchup death crystallizes, or rather pixelates. The unconscious of death is exposed and bound to repeat itself infinitely, cooled down by potential reiterations.
The result is a pop, dystopian, ironic short movie where sounds remind of the embodied anguished tissue of the image.
As a critique to the censorship of the Syrian regime regarding its continuing violence against civil society, the work was first exhibited in Damascus undercover - concealing the fact that the origin of the images were videos of the martyrs of the Syrian revolution.