True Pictures? Contemporary Photography from Canada and the USA

Cat. Sprengel Museum Hannover

Exhibition Catalogue, edited by Stefan Gronert
texts (German/English) by Natasha Egan, Benedikt Fahrnschon, Stefan Gronert, Franziska Kunze, Ann Mbuti, Christoph Ribbat, Steffen Siegel, Kerstin Stremmel
336 p with 120 coloured illustrations
320 x 240 mm, brochure with flaps

ISBN 978-3-86442-370-3

58,00 €

»Against the Econoclasm«

This was the title of DER SPIEGEL's announcement of TRUE PICTURES? on 6.11.2021. At the beginning of the twentieth century, North American photography was seen as ­groundbreaking in the development of the ­medium’s ­artistic visual language. In the 1980s, however, this pioneering role was challenged by developments in Europe. Young artists no longer considered North American photography as a role model, and as a result it gradually moved out of the spotlight. TRUE PICTURES? now remedies this situation by presenting thirty American and Canadian photographers from three generations who, in part influenced by the advent of digital photography, saw and still see themselves ­challenged in particular by political and social upheavals. The list of themes is by no means short: the aftermath of the Vietnam War, the AIDS crisis, racism, feminism, questions around gender and sexuality, identity politics, and so on. The urgency of these problematic situations prompts the artists to assume highly polarized ­positions, both in terms of narrative and politically. By following subjective and transmedial approaches and exhausting the technical possibilities of the medium, they almost inevitably touch on topics such as the often cited »Bilderflut« (image overload) – a phenomenon to which they respond with a targeted critique on the excesses of the »digital age«

1st generation: Nan Goldin, Rodney Graham, Anthony Hernandez, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, Allan Sekula, Cindy Sherman, Laurie Simmons, Jeff Wall, Ian Wallace, Carrie Mae Weems, James Welling
2nd generation: Vikky Alexander, Roy Arden, Gregory Crewdson, Liz Deschenes, Stan Douglas, Zoe Leonard, Ken Lum, Collier Schorr, Lorna Simpson, Stephen Waddell, Christopher Williams
3rd generation: Walead Beshty, Anne Collier, LaToya Ruben Frazier, Martine Gutierrez, Ayana V. Jackson, Owen Kydd, Elad Lassry, Deana Lawson, Meryl McMaster, Trevor Paglen, Xaviera Simmons, Taryn Simon

Sprengel Museum Hannover, 6/11/2021 – 13/2/2022
Museum der Moderne, Salzburg, 12/3 – 20/6/2022