press release

Best known for his unique approach to photography, Thomas Demand depicts scenes that initially look real, but are, in fact, photographs of painstakingly constructed architecture and objects made from paper and cardboard. Often using mass-media images as his starting point, he transforms them into three-dimensional models, mostly life sized, which he reproduces as large-scale photographic prints.

The subjects represented in Demand’s photographs seem unremarkable, although many of his works depict scenes of historical and political importance, ranging from the archives of German filmmaker and propagandist Leni Riefenstahl to the kitchen in Saddam Hussein’s hideaway in Tikrit, Iraq.

Demand’s images appear to be real, but closer inspection reveals a lack of detail that conveys the artifice of the scenes. His art questions the traditional notion of photography as a faithful record of reality, highlighting the unreliability of the medium in a world that is saturated with manipulated or mediated images.

This exhibition will include key photographs from throughout his career, as well as many new works and a film. Born in Munich in 1964, Demand represented Germany at the Bienal de São Paulo in 2004, and his work was the subject of a mid-career survey at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2005.


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Thomas Demand