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Invisibility Chronicles, Part One
Michael Baers

Invisibility Chronicles, Part One, Michael Baers

Invisibility Chronicles, Part One, Michael BaersInvisibility Chronicles, Part One
Michael Baers


22 pages
325 x 420 mm
ISBN Not Applicable


*This artists’ book was donated to the collection by Rita Hynes who acquired it at the Röda Sten Konsthall gallery, Gothenburg, Sweden.*

Invisibility Chronicles, Part One was created as a part of Michael Baers’ exhibition exhibition by the same name which has taken place in various galleries around Europe.

Invisibility Chronicles,Part Onenarrates the true story of theFSO Safer, a Yemeni oil tanker currently stranded in the Red Sea with a cargo of 1.1 million barrels of crude oil. Calling it“a ghost ship, a hostage ship, a bomb ship or ship-bomb,” Baers shows how the vessel is part of a complex set of mechanisms dictated by geopolitical interests. The story of the ship connects colonial pasts with contemporary geopolitical brinkmanship and a threat of environmental catastrophe reaching far into the future. In the work, the specific story becomes a vehicle for asking broader questions about historiography and public visibility:Why do some conflicts and situations become well-known in Western civil society while others remain obscure,andwhat consequences arise when certain stories fall out of the media’s hegemonic narration of the world?

About the Artist
Michael Baers (b. 1968, USA) has exhibited his artwork internationally in many institutions and has also contributed essays and comics to a variety of publication projects. Since 2010, much of his work has focused on the relationship between the MENA region and the West, resulting in a lengthy graphic work, An Oral History of Picasso in Palestine, and ongoing research. He received his PhD from the Academy of Fine Art Vienna in 2014 and since 2020 is an affiliated researcher at Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO). Baers is based in Berlin.

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