Thought-Provoking Photographs of Burned Books by Matej Košir

In Matej Košir’s series Arthistory, which we spotted over at Book Patrol, the Berlin-based photographer is burning books in order to investigate “our contradictory relationship to the violence, namely the use of violence in order to control it (either to stop it or to prevent its reappearing).” His violent act against art reflects the historical concept that the “winner of the violent conflict always has justified reasons to be violent, because he uses his dominance to (re)write the history. Art is, more often than not, instrumentalised, depicting winners as idealised heroes while the loser’s depictions are exposed to iconoclasm.” Click through to check out violence in action, and then be sure to head on over to Košir’s website to see more of his work.

Eugène Delacroix: Liberty leading the People. Photo Credit: Matej Kosir
Eugène Delacroix: Liberty leading the People. Photo Credit: Matej Košir