VIEW FROM ABOVE// 11 December 2014 – 7 March 2015
Alexandros Georgiou, Nan Goldin, Roni Horn, Panos Kokkinias, DeAnna Maganias, Catherine Opie, Ugo Rondinone, Wolfgang Tillmans
”One of the most bright results of photography is that it creates the impression that one can hold the world in his collection because to collect photographs is to collect the world”. Photographs can capture the moment and convert the experience into intimate. As Susan Sontag discusses in her book On Photography the camera lens captures reality and simultaneously photography participates in the interpretation of the world. At the same time there is an assumption, ” the world of photography and moving image will survive more than all of us ‘ and hence the act of photography is perhaps the answer to the immortality of the facts, which it is still entirely an illusion, or a reassurance of the photographer.
In many cases photographs serve as important snapshots ”illuminated for a moment but living forever”. It may be impossible to understand or fully interpret the world around us but through the photographic information the world can be approached in a diverse way of viewing and observation.
The show ”View from Above” does not aim to create a thematic, or a historical approach to the sequence of images, instead it aims to demonstrate an excessive variety of images that tends to be a more accurate and complete version of the modern world. The elements of following a specific route and capturing of the moment are used alternately and emerge in the works of Alexandros Georgiou, Nan Goldin, Roni Horn, Panos Kokkinias, DeAnna Maganias, Catherine Opie, Ugo Rondinone and Wolfgang Tillmans. ”View from above” aims to highlight the role of photography (among its many roles) and to create random notes and thoughts through different images and various points of view.
Passages in brackets are references to Susan Sontag’s book On Photography.