MAKING HISTORY RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain
20 Apr - 08 Jul 2012
Aus der Serie / From the series „Suspicious Minds“
© Courtesy the artist
„Take A Deep Breath“, 2008
© Courtesy the artist; Arratia Beer, Berlin; gb agency, Paris
RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain
April 20 - July 8, 2012
Press Preview: April 19, 2012, 11 am (at Frankfurter Kunstverein)
Opening: April 19, 2012, 7 pm (at MMK)
The central main exhibition MAKING HISTORY of the first edition of RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/RheinMain focuses on artistic reflection of public images without limiting itself to the medium of photography. Film and video are included as well. The exhibition shows different positions on the subject of presentation of reality in media images. Almost 40 renowned artists, among them Viktoria Binschtok, David LaChapelle, Omer Fast, Alfredo Jaar, Barbara Klemm, Gustav Metzger, are present in the exhibition. At the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Thomas Demand is one of the exhibitors, showing his image series "Embassy" in an elaborate installation covering the entire central hall. The main exhibition also includes works by Harun Farocki, specifically three parts of his latest multi-part installation "Ernste Spiele", and Walid Raad, who has just received the Hasselblad Award. Additionally, there are many new discoveries whose works already show a wide range of artistic dealing with public images.
In the media society, reality seems to only be created in images: Special events seem to take place only when present in the media. In particular the younger generation strongly defines itself via images: imago ergo sum. Not only socially and politically important, but also private, mundane and marginal events become part of public reality today, with images spreading through social media networks by media snowball effects. Everyone who produces images also constructs reality. This development can be traced using the photography documentation of historical events as well, which were and are still closely connected with political conflict and events of war. The artists in this exhibition do not offer their own history models. Instead, their work shows different views of historical events that can be understood as extended forms of presenting history, as well as subjective images of the past, and convey independent ideas on the creation of history.
Group exhibition with works by: Taysir Batniji, Nina Berman, Viktoria Binschtok, Robert Boyd, Luc Delahaye, Thomas Demand, Harun Farocki, Omer Fast, Samuel Fosso, Kathrin Günter, James Howard, Alfredo Jaar, Sven Johne, William E. Jones, Barbara Klemm, Petra Köhle & Nicolas Vermot Petit-Outhenin, David LaChapelle, Eva Leitolf, Armin Linke, Gustav Metzger, James Mollison, Simon Norfolk, Peter Piller, Elodie Pong, Paul Qaysi, Walid Raad, Doug Rickard, Martha Rosler, Michael Schmidt, Frank Schramm, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Hank Willis Thomas, Oliviero Toscani, Jeff Wall, Michael Wolf, et al.
Curator team: Anne- Marie Beckmann (Art Collection Deutsche Börse), Lilian Engelmann (Frankfurter Kunstverein), Peter Gorschlüter (MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main), Dr. Holger Kube Ventura (Frankfurter Kunstverein), Alexandra Lechner (Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie) and Celina Lunsford (Fotografie Forum Frankfurt).
Exhibition sites: Frankfurter Kunstverein, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, MMK Zollamt and two public locations.
RAY 2012 is an initiative of the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain and is a cooperation between Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, DZ BANK Kunstsammlung, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Marta Hoepffner-Gesellschaft für Fotografie/Stadtmuseum Hofheim, MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Städel Museum and Stiftung Opelvillen.