LOST PLACES. Sites of Photography8 June to 23 September 2012
Gallery of Contemporary Art, elevated ground level
Tobias Zielony (*1973), Dirt Field, 2008 (aus der Serie Trona – Armpit of America), C-Print,
56 x 84 cm, Sammlung Halke / Courtesy KOW, Berlin © Tobias Zielony
In recent years, photography has reached a new peak in artistic media. Starting with the Düsseldorf School, with artists such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, Thomas Ruff or Candida Höfer, a young generation of artists developed that adopted different approaches by which to present the subject-matter of "space" and "place" in an era of historic change and social crises. With the exhibition Lost Places, the Hamburger Kunsthalle art museum dedicates itself to these new approaches, which document a wide range of different places and living spaces and their increasing isolation through the media of photography, film and installation works.
Joel Sternfeld's documentary photographs depict places that were crime scenes. Thomas Demand restages real crime scenes, initially as models in order to then photograph them. In turn, in her large-scale photographs, Beate Gütschow constructs cityscapes and landscapes that are reminiscent of well-known places, but that do not allow any true reference. Sarah Schönfeld illustrates "the image of memory in the present space" in her photographs. She visits old places from her GDR childhood and captures these in their present state, whereby both points in time collide. In his fictional video installation Nostalgia, Omer Fast recounts the story of illegal immigrants from three different perspectives.The exhibition comprises about 20 different approaches of contemporary photography and video art with many loans from museums and private collections.
The exhibition features the following artists among others: Thomas Demand (*1964), Omer Fast (*1972), Beate Gütschow (*1970), Andreas Gursky (*1955), Candida Höfer (*1944), Sabine Hornig (*1964), Jan Köchermann (1967), Barbara Probst (*1964), Alexandra Ranner (*1967), Ben Rivers (*1972), Thomas Ruff (*1958), Sarah Schönfeld (*1979), Gregor Schneider (*1969), Joel Sternfeld (*1944), Thomas Struth (*1954), Guy Tillim (*1962), Jörn Vanhöfen (*1961), Jeff Wall (*1946) and Tobias Zielony (*1973).
Accompanying the exhibition is a catalogue, available at the museum shops and www.freunde-der-kunsthalle.de.
Curator of the exhibition: Dr. Petra Roettig, assisted by Luisa Pauline Fink and Andrea Völker
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