Representing WW Gallery at Sluice 2013, Broughton & Birnie have created an installation based on the Paris 1937 World Fair. Most notable for the placing of the German & Russian pavilions in a confrontational stance directly opposite each other (with the Eiffel Tower acting as referee), it effectively turned the World Fair into a competition between the two great ideological rivals.
Using this historical event as a backdrop Broughton & Birnie weave a narrative continued from their successful show ‘BERLIN: The Forgers Tale – The Quest for Fame & Fortune’ (held at WW Gallery earlier this year) which explored the life of German forger Georg Bruni who met his demise in 1937 Paris.
In the installation we are introduced to two dubious art dealers, one German & the other Russian - each employed by the ruling regimes of their homelands while secretly dealing in art that has been disregarded or victimised by the state.
With period material & sources, contemporary personalities & technology, multiple references from film & entertainment cemented together by copious information from the internet the artists provide a re-imagining of history, blurring the line between fact & fiction to question our ability to observe & retain information in the age of overload.