Culture & Communication
On view April 24 – September 13, 2015
Absence of Subject by Michael Somoroff is a poignant homage to August Sander (1876-1964) and the legendary German photographer’s monumental work People of the 20th Century. It is a thoughtful and passionate meditation on memory, imagination, human resilience and creativity.
Somoroff has digitally removed the subject of each historical picture, leaving only the background.
The digital revolution has brought the unprecedented potential for manipulation into focus. Through the use of software Somoroff has taken out what we have always believed to be the «essential element» – the subject, the portrait. The backgrounds, once a secondary fragment, now become the primary motivator. They have now been translated into new fully conceived images that rightfully belong to the «post modern» idiom.
The exhibition is a perfect example of a delicate balance of alchemy and inquiry. Conceptually and humanistically oriented, each of Somoroff’s images demonstrates the persuasive power and aesthetic of August Sander’s œuvre, even without the human subject. This is not photography as we are accustomed to, but more about the idea of creativity. What Somoroff celebrates is to establish that post-modern art isn’t dislocated, but something with roots, tradition, and continuity.
The exhibition is curated by Diana Edkins and Julian Sander and organized by Admira, Milan in collaboration with Julian Sander Gallery, Bonn.
It is part of the European month of photography 2015.
Villa Vauban, Luxembourg City Museum
38 rue du Marché-Aux-Herbes, L-2090 Luxembourg
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August Sander (1876-1964), Tochter eines Landwirts, 1919 © Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur – August Sander Archiv, Köln; VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2011
Michael Somoroff, Farmer’s Child, 2007 © Michael Somoroff