Willie Doherty, Concrete : Photography and Architecture
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland
2 March - 20 May 2013
Fotomuseum Winterthur presents Concrete – Photography and Architecture, a photographic group show which seeks to approach the singular and complex relationship between architecture and photography in light-hearted, narrative and dialectical ways. The exhibition explores issues of history and ideology, as well as the specifics of form and material, in the photographic image. The visual appeal of destroyed or dilapidated buildings is also addressed, as are their powerful demonstrations of power and exclusivity, fragility and beauty.
The exhibition raises the questions: To what extent does photography influence not only the way architecture is perceived, but also the way it is designed? How does an image bring architecture to life, and at what point does it become uncanny? How do settlements develop into cities? Or, in sociological terms: how do work and life interconnect differently in, say, Zurich and Winterthur, as opposed to, say, Calcutta? And how do skyscrapers and living spaces translate into the flat, two-dimensional world of photography?
With works from, among others, Iwan Baan, Édouard-Denis Baldus, Lewis Baltz, Domenico Bresolin, Balthasar Burkhard, Gregory Crewdson, Willie Doherty, Sigfried Giedion, David Goldblatt, F.C. Gundlach, Lucien Hervé, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Germaine Krull, Stanley Kubrick, Sol LeWitt, El Lissitzky, Charles Marville, Gordon Matta-Clark, Randa Mirza, Lucia Moholy, Nils Nova, Albert Renger-Patzsch, Thomas Ruff, Julius Shulman, Ezra Stoller, Paul Strand, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, William Henry Fox Talbot, Jakob Tuggener, Robert Venturi & Denise Scott Brown, Paul Virilio, Michael Wesely, Anita Witek, Ulrich Wüst and Tobias Zielony.
Curator of the exhibition: Thomas Seelig
The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalog published by Scheidegger&Spiess.