January 12, 2008 – March 02, 2008
Candida Höfer. Work Groups since 1968
An exhibition at the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
Opening: January 11, 2008, 7 p.m.
at the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art
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The exhibition at the ZKM | Museum of Contemporary Art will show photographs
by Candida Höfer from several of her different work groups. Beginning
with the "Liverpool photos" (1968), which were taken before Höfer
studied with Bernd and Hilla Becher, the exhibition covers four decades of
her creation and shows works from the series "Türken in Deutschland" (1973
and 1979), "Zoologische Gärten" (1990–2000), the slide
projection "80 Pictures" (1996), as well as a selection of photographs
taken since the 1980s of public interiors.
The selection of works in terms
of content is oriented on criteria such as perspective, color, light, and focus
rather than being classified according to location or date. On this basis,
the selection presents an index of Höfers’s works that shifts to
the center the relationship between subjective gaze and objective depiction.
The beholder’s gaze structures representations of serial sequences, of
banks and books. This "ordering gaze" follows both the function
of the spaces as well as photographic image composition.
In the arrangement,
the real (that which is depicted), dissolves nearly completely and the spaces
themselves appear as objects. The selection of different photographic formats
is tied closely to the exhibition design selected for them. The curatorial
design of the exhibition spaces is marked by a route through various spatial
situations. Working out the exhibition spaces, as well as projection spaces,
gallery space, and studio space makes it possible to create various conditions
for perception and thematizes, at the same time, the connection between emergence
and presentation of the photographic works.
The exhibition was developed in
cooperation with the working group "Ausstellungsdesign und kuratorische
Praxis" at the HfG (Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design) under the
leadership of Prof. Wilfried Kühn/Doreen Mende.
Guided tours: Sundays 4 p.m., on 13 January / 27 January/ 10 February / 24
Works from the series: Liverpool 1968, Türken in Deutschland 1973/1979,
Räume seit 1980, Zoologische Gärten 1990–2000, 80 Pictures
1996, Possessions seit 2004