This piece offers ideas on reflectivity and reflective objects through expanded photography. Utilizing architectural structures as both physical frame and subject, the free-standing photographic diptych presents itself as a broken window, suggesting the sound of breaking glass. In an elaborate mirror game, the work is intended to be a magnetic device that incorporates everything that surrounds it.
FICTION AND FABRICATION
Photography of Architecture after the Digital Turn
Fiction and Fabrication gathers nearly 50 artists who build and manipulate images of architectural objects and spaces. Marking 30 years since Photoshop was invented, and digital tools invaded photographic production, this exhibition focuses on the imagery of architecture as a central theme to an expanded practice of photography in contemporary art. From the seminal works of Andreas Gurski, Thomas Ruff, Jeff Wall or Thomas Demand to the fictional creations of Beate Gütschow, Oliver Boberg or Isabel Brison, the show offers a panorama of architectural photography that evades objective approaches and favours fictionalised takes on reality between cinematic gazes, image deconstruction and more politicised narratives. At a time when digital tools preside over the making of architectural images for media consumption, fictions stemming from the art world appear here as a critical alternative that questions and expands the concept of architecture.
Pedro Gadanho, Sérgio Fazenda Rodrigues (Curators)
Fiction and Fabrication exhibition view. MAAT, 20 March - 19 August 2019, courtesy of EDP Foundation. © Bruno Lopes