Demand, Thomas – Nationalgalerie – Catalogue Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, 2009



Tekst: Christina Weiss

Uitvoering: Gebonden

Aantal pagina’s: 226

Illustraties: Kleur en zwart-wit

Uitgever: Steidl Mack, 2009

Taal: Engels

Staat: Als nieuw

Catalogus bij de tentoonstelling in de Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlijn, 2009

Thomas Demand provokes confrontations between photography’s poles of fact and fiction. True-to-size paper models are photographed and then scaled down, while traces of event and person are systematically removed, leaving phantom images of the proposed “crime scene” that seem at once familiar and dreamlike. Demand’s 2009 Nationalgalerie (Berlin) exhibition and catalogue bring together his work on German history since 1945–a scrutiny of the “Deutschlandbild,” the “German image.” These reflections, reconstructed in photographs from a variety of scenarios in the postwar period, encourage the viewer to consider the complexity of the photographic document. Demand’s representations of the social and historical are introduced not as monoliths but as places of multiple possibility, halls of mirrors in which the viewer is forced to confront–rather than be fed–potential distortions. His concern for the pliability of human memory and the play between the central and peripheral image contributes to the vibrancy of his art. For Demand, the photographer’s accomplishment lies in “re-privatisating that which is constructed as a public opinion.”