#police #cover_up #demonstrations #brutality
Throughout history, the state has made strategic use of visual images. Even today, there is no denying that information is manipulated and restricted. Recently, there have been numerous incidents of excessive police violence deployment, where citizens have been injured and killed. Ascertained are where events are brought to the public’s attention via shared media on social networking sites. Focusing on the subject of “image manipulation", I chose to work on images representing the power of the state. I restricted the amount of information given close-up pictures of policemen by removing the background. With hashtags (#), I limited possible interpretations of the images to a minor scale #police, #concealment, #demonstrations, #brutality. The viewer is held on track to imagine the police as a medium to exercise excessive force in order to defuse a protest. Hence leading to a critical examination of the abuse of state power. However in reality, there have not been any clashes between those people and authorities shown in those pictures. They only depict policemen standing duty or soothing a small argument. They only depict policemen standing duty or soothing a small argument. Intrigued by and in direct contrast to the images of the news depicting the people behind the 2013's manifestations in Greece by removing the signs of violence off their faces, I decided to decontextualise the portraits . I even edited them in that manner to make people appear explicitly injured. Having grown up in Japan, I feel that here, in Germany, there is a unique “sense of distance” between policemen and citizens. German police appear a lot more intimidating and aggressive in comparison to their Japanese counterparts. Given how digital editing allows for the possibility to obscure the truth, I am exploiting in my series the question whether it i possible to reverse the common manipulative use of news images by using fake images to tell certain truths?