In a highly conscious way, Demand plays with the concepts of artificiality and authenticity. Using paper and cardboard, he sets up tableaux, which he then photographs. What meets the eye are depopulated, almost shadowless rooms and places, strangely inauthentic and disturbingly uniform, showing no trace of people or social events, and having no weather. All these places, public as well as private, contain a story of familiar people and events that lie buried somewhere in our collective memory.
The immediate experience of this bizarre, second-hand space catapults the viewer into speculating about the nature of the places presented by Demand. For in spite of their cool artificiality, these are actual places, based on photos obtained from newspapers to serve the artist in his discussion of the credibility of the photograph. This situates his work in the field between the documentary and the abstract potential of the photographic image.
The exhibition, presenting about 20 of Demand’s large photographic works and three new 35mm films, is organized in collaboration with Lenbachhaus, Munich.
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