Joachim Schmid at the Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea
||It’s his first major show in Italy. Now, with Joachim Schmid e le Fotografie degli Altri, the Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea
in Cinisello Balsamo near Milan introduces one of Germany’s most
interesting art photographers. The exhibition project is sponsored by Deutsche Bank. “No new photos until the old ones are used up!” — this was the provocative statement Joachim Schmid
made in 1989 on the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography.
To this day, faithful to his motto, he has been working exclusively
with exposures someone else pressed the shutter release on. While the
Berlin-based artist and critic found most of the material for his many
exhibition and book projects in newspapers, flea markets, or literally
on the street, today Schmid finds his imagery largely on the Internet.
On image portals such as Flickr,
which make it possible for photo amateurs to present their pictures to
the whole web community. This is also where he found the material for
his series Other People’s Photographs, made between 2008 and 2011 — 96 print-on-demand books with 32 illustrations each. Similar to Hans-Peter Feldmann,
he orders his found images typologically according to various different
overriding themes. The motifs in the photographs range from sunsets and
dogs to curry wurst, feet, and refrigerator doors.
The Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea in Cinisello Balsamo near Milan now presents Schmid’s most recent series Bilderbuch
(2010-12) in a show made possible by Deutsche Bank that includes 60
photos and 40 books. In the exhibition, as in the books, a variety of
private photographs, newspaper and Internet photographs are removed
from their original context and juxtaposed with one another without
commentary. Schmid compresses this material into an encyclopedia of
everyday photography that functions as a school for seeing: the
patterns and connections that emerge here speak of collective yearning
and desire — and of the cliché nature of the pictures we’re confronted
with on a daily basis.
The Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea
is Italy’s first public museum to dedicate itself exclusively to
photography. Since its opening in 2004, its ambitious exhibition and
education program has made it one of the most important institutions on
the Italian photography scene. Contemporary Italian photography is one
of the main points of focus of the Deutsche Bank Collection in Milan, which includes works by artists such as Gabriele Basilico, Vincenzo Castella, Luigi Ghirri, and Massimo Vitali.
JOACHIM SCHMID E LE FOTOGRAFIE DEGLI ALTRI
12/2/2012 – 3/5/2013
Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Cinisello Balsamo near Milan