Obscured Classified Document
(Situation Room)

Obscured Classified Document (Situation Room), 2012

When Osama bin Laden was killed, the US government did not release any images of the event. The White House decided to show only a few carefully selected pictures, including the now-famous so called 'Situation Room' photograph. The photo was taken by Pete Souza of President Barack Obama and his national security team monitoring 'Operation Neptune's Spear' - the Navy SEALs raid that killed Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011.

In the iconic photograph is a pixelated document lying on the table in front of Hillary Clinton, former US Secretary of State. The official statement is that this is a classified document. Once enlarged and transformed, the obscured document fills the entire frame. What information is made visible and what remains out of the public’s view?

C-print, 100x77cm, 2012
Essay by Katja Müller-Helle
Interview by Katja Müller-Helle

Exhibition overview at C/O Berlin, 2012

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