Triennial of Photography Hamburg BREAKING POINT. June – September 2018

[CONTROL]


on politics, money and power


Curated by Petra Roettig & Stephanie Bunk

This exhibition will be shown at the Hamburger Kunsthalle from 8 June to 26 August 2018.

Thomas Ruff (*1958) Nacht 2 II, 1992 C-Print, 190 x 190 cm Hamburger Kunsthalle © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018Thomas Ruff (*1958) Nacht 2 II, 1992 C-Print, 190 x 190 cm Hamburger Kunsthalle © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2018

Control has many facets: it involves monitoring by others or by itself, but it also implies the possibility of a loss of control or withdrawing control. In most forms of control, photography or other imaging media plays a central role. They are a part of the monitoring apparatus and thus an instrument of the exercise of power and rule. Artists tackle the problematic relationship between camera and control by appropriating their technical means and making their work visible. While in the 1960s, in addition to photography, space installations and videofilms were used in the art, latest technologies such as Google Streetview, drone and satellite imagery or scanners are also used today.

The exhibition No [Control] ?! shows artistic strategies that want to resist the everyday control in order to escape the matrix of control.