Date : Friday, 16. November 2012 to Thursday, 13. December 2012 Mo-Fr 8 a.m.-10 p.m., closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Location : Architekturfoyer, HIL, Hönggerberg, ETH Zurich
Opening event with lecture:
Thursday, 15 November 2012, 6 p.m.; Auditorium E4, HIL, Hönggerberg, ETH Zurich
Since autumn 2010 the exhibition series “Architecture Photography Positions” has been examining photography’s role as a key medium for communicating architecture. On each occasion, two photographers are invited to present their specific approach. This semester, Maurice K. Grünig is showing “imperfect panoramas” that depict the urban space. The works of Walter Mair, meanwhile, are the product of a constant engagement with a given place and its narrative, as free as possible from predetermined intentions.
Maurice K. Grünig is working on a serial depiction of the urban space. Using a “composing” process, she places between two and ten individual pictures together to create “imperfect panoramas”, without retouching any duplications or mismatches between the images. Transformation is central to her approach. The chronological sequence of successively photographed individual images creates a sense of urban vitality. She also tracks specific urban situations over an extended period, revealing how the urban space is in a constant state of flux.
The works of Walter Mair espouse a very simple approach to photography: going somewhere and bringing back pictures. Photography operates as a reason or a pretext for exposing oneself to a place – as far as possible without a predetermined concept – and translating one’s observations into pictures. The photographer constantly strives to focus his attention on a specific issue, on what he sees before him. He views his work as a learning process whose ultimate aim is to find pictures for every experience and every narrative.
An exhibition by the Institute gta with Maurice K. Grünig and Walter Mair
Swiss Foundation of Photography, Winterthur