Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin
The Revolutionary, from Spirit Is a Bone, 2013
Gelatin silver prints
Courtesy of the artists
Artists Broomberg and Chanarin coopted a sophisticated four-lens facial-recognition system developed by the Russian government for identification of individuals at public demonstrations, transit spaces, and state borders to create portraits of a wide spectrum of Moscow’s citizens, including Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevic. Spirit Is a Bone is rooted in the early twentieth-century tradition of creating taxonomies of people using photography, with the distinction that today the subject no longer needs to be present for the portrait.