Tuesday, July 20, 2010

foto triennale: mapping worlds

there's a new exhibition up in one of my favourite galleries. i went there today, and did a quick count: the last time i visited a museum was 7 weeks ago: Vienna, with the Museumsquartier and the Leopold and MoMuk, with Schiele, Klimt, and Warhol.

the exhibition today was of the "foto triennale series", the theme this year: "Mapping Worlds" - as the name says, it's all about photography, and places. one focus of the exhibition was Switzerland in time. there was a string of photos that reached back to the start of the 19th century, and then moved from there to Switzerland today. most of the photos were rather small, some from family albums. in one room, this string was contrasted with a series of large photos that showed 2 sides of a city: "Shanghai" by Michael van den Bogaard, the series won the Sony World Photography Award, and can be visited online here: Shanghai (click picture to see the series).

there also are some of the Switzerland photos online, click on the numbers 1-7 on the bottom (under "Bildbeispiele"): Foto Insert Examples.

i walked out there, feeling that beyond mapping worlds, those series also were mapping time.

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