Upcoming exhibition

Eva & Franco Mattes – Dear Imaginary Audience,

23.01.–23.05.2021

Since the mid 1990s, Eva & Franco Mattes (both b. 1976, based in New York) have been questioning the ethics and politics of our daily lives that increasingly take place online. Their artworks, which cover the evolution of networked and screen-based practices over a period that now spans more than two decades, reveal a profound transformation of photographic culture in an age of global digital networks. The artist duo exposes the often murky mechanics which govern the circulation of photographs on the internet and our image-based online behaviours. Invisible infrastructures and power dynamics are dissected and morally dubious decisions are put under scrutiny, often with a darkly humorous edge. Their unsparing critique reveals a shift in our ways of seeing as well as the forms of interaction, spectatorship and agency that derive from it – ultimately exposing the viewers not only as partakers, but as catalysts of online visual culture. The show at Fotomuseum Winterthur is the first solo exhibition of the work of Eva & Franco Mattes to be presented in a museum context, featuring a new commission that will become part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Screenshot from Emily's Video, 2012 © Eva & Franco Mattes

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Claudia Andujar

23.10.2021–13.02.2022

Friday, 22.10.2021, from 18:00
Opening and aperitif

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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