Olaf Breuning

Millenium, 1998

C-print, 20 x 27 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur
Inv. no. 2014-025-005
© Olaf Breuning

Olaf Breuning
b. 1970 (Schaffhausen, CH), lives and works in New York, US
Olaf Breuning’s installations allow us to walk in terrible realms. They appeal purely to the senses and emotions, to the pleasures of seeing and hearing. His sumptuous installations of space and light are captured in a kind of still. As Juri Breuner puts it, “In the studio, Olaf Breuning stages paradoxical horror scenarios in the tradition of Ed Woods, the cheapest horror director of all time: the viewer loses any certainty as to what level of perception is operating. We are not sitting in the cinema, but standing in the midst of life, fearing a situation we know only from the fictional realm of cinema. His motor scooter with its two bizarrely real figures—like something between Crimewatch and a Tommy Hilfiger ad—stands in the entrance hall of Zurich University; the family van with its zombie passengers is not in a gallery but driving around the streets.” Breuning, who went to New York as a rising star, has livened up the art scene there with his wit and black humour.