artists & participants
SITUATIONS/Post Fail examines the moment just after the narratives that consider technological development as an unquestionable phenomenon have failed. The cluster offers a clear and cruel representation of a world in which both utopian and dystopian narratives disappoint and the idea of "future" itself has failed, leaving the field clear for a much more complex and contradictory understanding of our present condition. This representation has bid farewell to the realist paradigm of photography, searching instead for new ways to capture and express the reality of our "post fail condition" through post-photographic practices. Starting from the global economic crisis and the cultural and social contradictions it revealed, the artworks exhibited investigate visual stereotypes, the peculiar urban and architectural landscape surrounding us and the rhetoric it fosters, internet culture and subculture, as well as our everyday relationship with image production.
SITUATIONS/Post Fail is guest-curated by Matteo Cremonesi, in cooperation with the Link Art Center, Brescia.
The show will feature works by Adam Basanta, Discipula, Peter Halley, Felicity Hammond, Joey Holder, IOCOSE, Michael Mandiberg, Jon Rafman, Harm van den Dorpel and a video contribution by the art critic Joanne McNeil.
All SITUATIONS from the cluster Post Fail (#101 to #110) will be accessible online from November 28, 2017. situations.fotomuseum.ch
SITUATIONS is kindly supported by Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.
To investigate what photography is becoming, Fotomuseum Winterthur launched its new format SITUATIONS two years ago. SITUATIONS features a dynamic programme that responds to current developments within photographic culture and experiments with innovative interactions of physical and digital spaces. As a research lab, SITUATIONS examines photographic processes in a wide visual and cultural context and challenges our understanding of photography. Numbered consecutively, SITUATIONS are curated as thematic clusters which are presented five times per year.