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This work is part of the series American Landscapes. For these series Broomberg & Chanarin used the interiors of commercial photography studios across the United States as its ostensible subject. The artists reject the foreground and instead highlight the space in which images are literally ‘made’. In these occasionally abstract photographs the surfaces of walls, floors and ceilings junction along straight lines and parabolic curves to create the unspoiled white space known in the photography industry as Cycloramas. Broomberg & Chanarin refer to these spaces as ‘scenography for a free market economy’ or simply ‘landscapes’. For just as the American West came to represent unbound possibility in the minds of early pioneers, these studio walls act as a blank screen on which any sort of fantasy may be projected.
Works from these series were exhibited in Foam during the exhibition Prune – Abstracting Reality in September-December 2009, curated by Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times Magazine.
Adam Broomberg (b. 1970, South Africa) and Oliver Chanarin (b. 1971, United Kingdom) are a London-based artistic duo. Their work focuses on the underlying process of the creation of a photograph and questions the role of photography in our perception of the world by often tackling overtly political subjects.
They have had numerous international exhibitions including The Museum of Modern Art, Tate Galleries, Apexart, The Gwagnju Biennale, the Stedelijk Museum, the International Center of Photography, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, The Photographers Gallery and Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art. Broomberg & Chanarin are Visiting Fellows at the University of the Arts London. Their work is represented in major public and private collections including Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art, the Stedelijk Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Musee de l’Elysee, The International Center of Photography, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2013 they were awarded the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize for War Primer 2, and most recently they were awarded the ICP Infinity Award 2014 for their publication, Holy Bible. Upcoming and current exhibitions include Dodo at Museo Jumex, Divine Violence at Mostyn, Conflict, Time and Photography at Tate Modern and the Shanghai Biennale 2014.
Foam Editions is the in-house gallery of Foam Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam.
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