The first Russian exhibition by the artist Thomas Demand, with contributions from filmmaker and writer Alexander Kluge and architects SANAA.
Thomas Demand is a graduate of Dusseldorf Art Academy and originally trained as a sculptor. He has gone down in the history of contemporary art as the artist who revived photography as a full-fledged and living medium, capable of capturing complex states of reality (social, political, natural, personal) by balancing at the boundary of the fictitious and the seemingly truthful. Borrowing images from the press and technical footage from the location of certain events, Demand reproduces these scenes in life size from cardboard and paper—basically making sculptures—after which he photographs them and subsequently destroys the models. The flickering between fact and fiction and made-up narratives in the history of culture is also the subject of many years of reflection by the German filmmaker and writer Alexander Kluge. For the exhibition, Kluge has proposed three film-responses to Demand’s works Six Globes, Ruine/Ruin, and Repository, which will be shown in constructions developed by the artist. The “architecture” of fantasy and fact will be complemented by a design project from the architectural firm SANAA, who will design the part of the exhibition with works from Demand’s series model studies, about architectural models.
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