Thomas Demand : Camera – Exhibition in Hamburg

Hamburger Kunsthalle

Thomas Demand – Camera
Galerie der Gegenwart
Until 16 July 2008

Thomas Demand is one of the most internationally renowned artists of his generation. His work was only recently featured in a major exhibition at the Fondazione Prada in Venice, and in 2005 the Museum of Modern Art in New York opened its new building with a monographic exhibition of Demand’s photographs.

\"© Thomas Demand / VG Bild-\"
Thomas Demand
Klause V, 2006
C-Print/ Diasec, 197x137cm
© Thomas Demand / VG Bild-
Kunst, Bonn 2008
Courtesy Galerie Sprüth Magers

The exhibition at the Hamburger Kunsthalle provides penetrating insight into the underlying political dimension of Thomas Demand’s art. In his crystal-clear yet curiously enigmatic images, viewers are confronted with the lies of politics and the depths of normality as well as with modes of surveillance and extortion. What makes Demand’s photographs so captivating is the suggestive and uncanny presence of their fictional pictorial settings. Real spaces or scenes that have already been disseminated as images in the print media or via television are painstakingly reconstructed by the artist as life-size models in his studio, which he then records as large-format photographs.

The Hamburger Kunsthalle presents works by Thomas Demand from the period 2005–2007 in an installation developed by the artist especially for the Galerie der Gegenwart. Beginning with the film-loop piece Camera (2007), the exhibition continues with nine photographs from the series Embassy (2007). These pictures show the Embassy of Niger in Rome, the site of a burglary in which stationary paper was stolen that subsequently has been used for forged contracts, which served US intelligence services as evidence to support the Iraq War. The series of images is based on research the artist has been doing by himself, as no reporter ever has ever had any access to the site. A second focal point of the exhibition is the work Klause from 2006. It comprises five photographs that were created by Demand in response to Max Beckmann’s lithographic cycle Apocalypse (1941/42). Unlike Beckmann, whose work illustrates the Bible text directly, Demand focuses on a corresponding incident from the recent past, a crime that allegedly took place in the south German town of Burbach (Saarland). This crime was never solved, however, nor was the alleged victim ever found. In these photographs it is not the crime itself that concerns Demand, but the subsequent media coverage of the event.

Thomas Demand
Camera, 2007
HD-Video, 1,40min, Loop, stereo
© Thomas Demand / VG Bild-Kunst,
Bonn 2008

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Embassy I, 2007
C-Print/ Diasec, 204 x 168 cm
© Thomas Demand / VG Bild-
Kunst, Bonn 2008
Courtesy Esther Schipper

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Thomas Demand
Embassy V, 2007
C-Print/ Diasec, 164 x 224 cm
© Thomas Demand / VG Bild-Kunst,
Bonn 2008
Courtesy Galerie Sprüth Magers

Thomas Demand :

Born in 1964 in Munich, Thomas Demand studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich from 1987–89, at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf from 1989–92 and completed his MA at Goldsmiths’ College, London in 1993–94. Demand lives and works in Berlin.

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Portrait Thomas Demand
© Christy Lange

Photos Courtesy Hamburger Kunsthalle
© Photos Thomas Demand / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2008. All rights reserved.
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