f/stop Satellite D21
Fotofolgen: The Good Old & Photography
The entire nation is in a "delirium of nostalgia" New York art historian Simon Schama recently ranted when faced with the success of US period series "Downtown Abbey". Fancy renaissances and retro waves are not an invention of our time but rarely did they influcence the zeitgeist as much as they do today. And why does Facebook pay one billion US Dollars for a photo platform whose greatest innovationist a yellowing effect for smartphone pictures? Is it the melancholical of retro, like Niklas Maak assumes? Within retro what was politically abandoned continues to live aesthetically: "The euphoria of a begin, the belief in the possibility of change, in future." Our disoriented present, he diagnoses, sucks its dose of faith in the future from the past.
The exhibition "The Good Old & Photography" gathers current strategies of photographic overcoming of the past. Young artists that turn their attention to an old or aged object using contemporary means: A dying craft, an obscure building or the tragic of decay in general. It shows impressive findings from photo archives, pictures that throw us in other foreign decades and whose awe-inspiring sharpness defies all aging. Contemporary documentary photographers question which of our present pictures will be of use for future nostalgical idealization.
D21 Kunstraum Leipzig