GIVE AND TAKE: IMAGES UPON IMAGES, HAMBURGER KUNSTHALLE
Give and Take describes the processes of exchange and appropriation of visual material in contemporary photography. More and more images are circulating and migrating across geographical, cultural, and social boundaries. One and the same photograph may appear today in myriad contexts, multiplying its impact exponentially. We have thus lost control of all the meanings that may be assigned to an image once it is released 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.
From early picture archives, historical film footage, and museum collections to classic print media and digital images found on social media and through search engines, the artists featured in the exhibition draw on a rich trove of material. With their photographs, films, and installations, the artists respond to images that originated in another time or were made for a different purpose. Featuring work by Viktoria Binschtok, Sara Cwynar, Louise Lawler, Max Pinckers, Walid Raad, Sebastian Riemer, Volker Renner, Taryn Simon, Wolfgang Tillmans, among others. Curated by Dr. Petra Roettig, Stephanie Bunk and Leona Marie Ahrens.