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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




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