A dynamic analysis of the Baader-Meinhof -- the self-proclaimed "urban guerilla cell" active in West Germany in the 1970s and '80s -- CONSUMING//TERROR traces the visual history of the Red Army Faction (RAF). Set along the front lines of the Cold War, at the time when terrorism was first penetrating the Western news media with spectacular bombings, hijackings, and assasinations, the story of the RAF povides an excellent lens through which to study the visual components of terror.
CONSUMING//TERROR also explores how the RAF, like Che Guevera, have seeped into popular culture, fashion, and art, becoming a floating signifier for rebellion that's been stripped of political and historical clarity.
Rupert Goldsworthy is a British artist and writer based in New York City.
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