There are no images depicting the bomb attack on the World Trade Center in New York City on 26 February 1993, other than a few images showing the havoc. The suspects, muslim terrorists opposing U.S. support of Israel, planned to blow up the North Tower by placing a bomb in its garage, reckoning that it would take the South Tower with it in its downfall. The plan failed, but the havoc was enormous; six people died and nearly a thousand were injured. The woman in the photo seems to have a visionary look at the events to happen eight years later. As if she felt that history would soon repeat itself with an overwhelming blow. What makes her looking up?
Frank van der Stok Frank van der Stok (b. 1967) is a curator, editor, essayist and intermediary for artists and art institutions. He also works as an editor and producer of artists’ books.
Kill our Icons pleas for a rethinking of the iconic photos that are part of our collective memory. Kill our Icons proposes alternative images without apparent iconic value which indirectly tell more pregnant stories than the types of images calling for linear cause-and-effect explanation.