Sara Cwynar, Glass Life (video still), 2021, six channel 2K video with sound, 19’02’’ Courtesy the artist, The Approach, London, and Foxy Production, New York © Sara CwynarSara Cwynar, Glass Life (video still), 2021, six channel 2K video with sound, 19’02’’ Courtesy the artist, The Approach, London, and Foxy Production, New York © Sara Cwynar

Give and Take: Images upon Images

Exhibition

20.05. – 29.08.2022

Friday, 20 May 2022

Tue – Sun: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm: Thu: 10.00 am – 9.00 pm; Mon: Closed
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Give and Take: Images upon Images
Hamburger Kunsthalle
Glockengießerwall 5, 20095 Hamburg
20.5. – 28.8.2022

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Give and Take describes processes of the exchange and appropriation of visual material in contemporary photography. More and more images are circulating and migrating across geographical, cultural, and social boundaries. The same photograph may appear today in myriad contexts, which multiplies its impact exponentially. We thus no longer have control over all the meanings that may be assigned to an image once we release it into the world. In this “give and take,” artists appropriate images from a variety of fields as they explore the mechanisms behind the production of realities and identities.

The artists featured in the exhibition draw on a rich trove of material, from early picture archives, historical film footage, and museum collections to classic print media and digital images drawn from social media and search engines. In their photographs, films, and installations, they respond to images that originated in another time or were made for a different purpose. The show examines themes including archive and algorithm, profile and identity, fact and fiction, protest and dissemination, and canon and violence.

Curated by Dr. Petra Roettig, Stephanie Bunk, Leona Marie Ahrens.

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