Valley of the Shadow of Death

The work Valley of the Shadow of Death is based on a photograph with the same name, taken by Roger Fenton in 1855. The syntagm Valley of the Shadow of Death can be found in the twenty-third psalm of the Bible. There are two versions of this famous photograph on war (one with some cannonballs on the road and the other one without them), which leads us to question the authenticity of one of the pictures and to think about a photograph’s impact on the conception of a distant or past reality.
The work is trying to understand the multilayered dimension of this war photograph(s) and to contemplate the cosequences of wars in general and an artist’s role in this world.

  • Marko Ubović
  • Marko Ubović
  • Marko Ubović
  • Marko Ubović
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  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Other
  • Runtime:
    7 minutes 33 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2017
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    Digital HD
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Director Biography - Marko Ubović

Marko Ubovic was born 1983 in Belgrade, Serbia. With 12 years he moves with his mother to Basel, Switzerland, where he finishes second part of elementary school and high school. Also in Basel, he begins studies in Fine Arts but in 2008 he moves to Serbia where he continues his Bachelor and Master studies. Currently, he is studying a PhD programme in Fine Arts at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad. He teaches photography at the Art Academy in Belgrade. Since 2007 he is a regular participant at exhibitions and festivals in Serbia and abroad.

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Director Statement

Reality can not be caught on camera. Reality is a consequence of contemplation.