Upcoming exhibition

Eva & Franco Mattes – Dear Imaginary Audience,

23.01.–24.05.2021

Funny cat pics with creepy captions shared on social media, digital images that circulate unseen through the internet’s infrastructure or anonymous workers hired online to both create and remove morally dubious web content: Eva & Franco Mattes (both b. 1976) have been investigating the internet’s effects on the ethics and politics of our daily lives since the 1990s, reflecting on how networked images increasingly interfere with and define our private and social behaviour. In the process, the artist duo dissects the opaque mechanisms of our networked society, its infrastructures and forms of online spectatorship – holding up a mirror to the viewer in a manner that is at the same time unsparing and darkly humorous. Fotomuseum Winterthur presents the artists’ first monographic exhibition in the museum context, showing new works that have been created for the purpose.

Eva & Franco Mattes, Ceiling Cat, installation view Carroll / Fletcher, London, 2016. Photo: Katherine Du Tiel © Eva & Franco Mattes

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How to Win at Photography

05.06.–10.10.2021

Follow the rule of thirds, catch the decisive moment, master the shutter speed, play against the camera, break all the norms and conventions, question the apparatus, win the game.

How To Win At Photography explores the relationships between photography and games. The exhibition invites the viewer to consider the photographic act as a game and the photographer as a player, but also explores the notion of image play, creating unexpected connections between the history of photography and playful strategies of screenshotting in computer gaming.

Through a wide-ranging assemblage of artworks and vernacular images, the exhibition critically assembles what it means to understand photography as a ludic practice. In thematic clusters How To Win At Photography looks at various works of artists and photographers who employ image play as an artistic strategy, drawing multiple trajectories that connect Dada artists and In-game photographers, the Fluxus movement with players’ screenshots, conceptual photography of the 1970s with contemporary photographers working with CGI.

Screenshot from Practice for in-game photography / virtual photography, 2018 © Akihiko Taniguchi

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Claudia Andujar – The Yanomami Struggle

23.10.2021–13.02.2022

São Paulo–based photographer Claudia Andujar (b. 1931, in Neuchâtel, CH) has dedicated over four decades of her work to the Yanomami, an indigenous community living in the Amazon region in the northern part of Brazil. In the 1970s, when the Yanomami’s local habitat found itself exposed to severe external threats, the photographer turned to activism and from that point on devoted her life and work to campaigning for the community’s legal rights. The exhibition reflects the two indivisible aspects of Andujar’s work: the aesthetic and the political. Her experimental approach to different colour techniques and to classical black-and-white portrait photography is a radical departure from the documentary style of her contemporaries. Andujar’s work will be shown in a museum in Switzerland for the first time: the exhibition is curated by Thyago Nogueira and planned as an international cooperation with the Moreira Salles Institute in Rio de Janeiro, the Fondation Cartier in Paris and the Fundación MAPFRE in Madrid.

Claudia Andujar, Yanomami in the construction work of the North Perimeter Highway, Roraima State, Brazil, 1975

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