Shirana Shahbazi – Much like Zero
How real or abstract is photography? This question has preoccupied photography since its inception.
On Horizons – Set 8 from the Collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur
September 3 – November 13, 2011
The photographic gaze into the horizon is the mirror for internal and external states and produces artistic interpretations and commentaries. As in other artistic genres, landscape in photography is interpreted through political and private gazes and the results go far beyond purely aesthetic experiences. Assembled from the collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur, this exhibition shows how photographers since the mid-1960s have approached their imagery from a range of analytical and emotional standpoints.
Alexander Rodchenko – Revolution in Photography
Modernism made photography what it is. It gave it self-confidence and made it trust itself. Self-confidence because photography in the 1920s recognized and developed its own possibilities and qualities: a probing vision of the world, an investigation of the visible reality from various perspectives, direct, clear, from above, below, behind, from the front, but without references to the pool of art history. Russian Constructivism is an important part of this great shift.
Ai Weiwei – Interlacing
Ai Weiwei is no “narrow” artist. He is not an artist who dedicates himself to a certain issue, develops a vocabulary, and then, step by step, delves into and molds the chosen topic. Ai Weiwei is a generalist, committed to friction with reality and forming realities. And so as a sculptor, conceptual artist, photographer, architect, interview artist, and social and cultural critic, he is a seismograph of current topics and social problems, who, as a great “multiplier” and communicator, channels life into art and art into life.
Mark Mark Morrisroe, a great well-known/unknown figure from the Boston art world of the early eighties, surrounded himself with a lively, eccentric bohemian art scene that had originated in the punk movement. Already during his school years, Mark Morrisroe published the legendary Dirt magazine together with Lynelle White. In Summer 1981 he performed in the clubs of Provincetown as the “Clam Twins”, with Steven Tashian, alias Tabboo!, and made the Super-8 film The Laziest Girl in Town that same year. Early on he met Jonathan (Jack) Pierson, whom he photographed again and again. In Pat Hearn, he found an artist friend and close confidante, who stood by his side until his early death from AIDS.
Larry Sultan / Mike Mandel – Evidence
In 1977 Larry Sultan (1946-2009) and Mike Mandel (*1950) combed through thousands of photographs in the archives of the Bechtel Corporation, the Beverly Hills Police Department, the Jet Propulsion Laboratories, the U.S. Departments of the Interior, the Stanford Research Institute and a few dozen other companies, administrations and educational institutions. They were looking for photographs taken specifically for maximum objectivity. They ended up selecting a series of photographs which they printed with great care in a limited edition, as if they were art prints, with the simple title Evidence on the cover.
Stefan Burger – Under the Circumstances
We have a penchant for cladding, disguising, draping, varnishing and covering up – the crooked wall, the aging face, the leaking oil rig, the dented bodywork. We have a penchant for fixing the world around us to hide the way it came about, the way it evolved or the way it works, so that it can just sit before us to be appreciated and admired like a perfect, glistening box. Actions disappear in the outcome, cracks, defects and mistakes are concealed, spaces edited out. We like the outcome, the performance, the action, the event and the glamour – and we get rid of what’s in between, what’s absent, dull , the anticlimax, we wipe away everything we don’t want, tossing it into the real or virtual trashcan.
Where Three Dreams Cross – 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh
12.06.2010 – 22.08.2010
Histories of photography, as presented through books or exhibitions in the twentieth century, have been dominated by Europe and the United States. The exhibition Where Three Dreams Cross – 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh and the publication accompanying it articulate the untold story of an equally significant history, as rich and as formally innovative, yet embedded in the culture and politics of South Asia.
The subversion of images
Surrealism, Photography, and Film
27 February – 23 May 2010
The Surrealist avant garde considered itself to be a revolutionary countermovement to the bourgeois system of values. Through new imagery, they investigated existence during the interwar period, a time of great social and political instability, and they deconstructed received ways of seeing and thinking through various artistic strategies. Photography seemed to best fulfill the Surrealists’ needs as their medium of choice.
The Subversion of Images – Surrealism, Photography, Film Fotomuseum Winterthur February 27 – May 23, 2010 From February 27 to May 23, 2010, the Fotomuseum Winterthur is presenting the exhibition The Subversion of Images–Surrealism, Photography, Film, an extraordinarily rich survey of Surrealist photography. The exhibition comprises over 400 photographs, films, and documents: from the most […]
Graciela Iturbide – The Inner Eye Fotomuseum Winterthur 28.11.2009 – 7.2.2010 The photograph Mujer ángel (Angel Woman), showing a Seri Indian with her back to us, walking through the desert carrying a radio recorder, is one of Graciela Iturbide’s most compelling images. It is, strictly speaking, a documentary photograph, and yet, at the same time, […]