Johan Grimonprez

Kobarweng or Where is Your Helicopter?

About this artwork

The work was the result of Grimonprez’s visit to Papua New Guinea that he made in 1986. On arriving at the village of Pepera a local villager asked him the question: ‘Where is your helicopter?’. Grimonprez subsequently learnt that a group of anthropologists had arrived at the village in 1959 by helicopter, an event that had left a lasting legacy on the indigenous people. The overall theme of the work is a commentary on anthropology itself, exploring the roles of the observer and observed, the symbols that define cultural difference.

  • title:
    Kobarweng or Where is Your Helicopter?
  • accession number:
    AR01227
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  • materials:
    Video, projection, colour and sound (stereo)
  • date created:
    1992
  • measurements:
    22 mins
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Presented by the artist 2010
  • copyright:
    © Johan Grimonprez.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Johan Grimonprez

Johan Grimonprez