Previously at the ICA - Events
5 Dec 2017
Artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez’s Shadow World (2016) uncovers the hidden routes and consequences of the global arms trade. Adapted from writer Andrew Feinstein’s book of the same title, both Grimonprez and Feinstein join us for a post-screening discussion.
Following Grimonprez’s acclaimed films dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) and Double Take (2009), Shadow World continues his intervention in the genre of documentary. In this unsettling study of the corrupt institutions that enable contemporary war and warfare, Grimonprez interviews protagonists who give a candid insight into the hidden workings and motivations of these global trading networks. Using archival material alongside first-hand accounts, he uncovers the chilling facts while instilling optimism in the possibility of alternatives to war.
Artist and filmmaker Johan Grimonprez's work challenges defined notions of film and documentary, fact and fiction, often working across different media. Recent moving image works include dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) and Double Take (2009), and in 2017 he completed Blue Orchids, responding to topics explored in Shadow World.
Andrew Feinstein is a South African writer and campaigner based in the UK. The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade was first published by Penguin and Farrar, Straus & Giroux in late 2011. He is the CEO of NGO and activist organisation Corruption Watch.
Johan Grimonprez, Shadow World, 2016, HD video, colour and b&w, sound, 94 min