Documentary Strategies in Contemporary Photography
May 30 – September 30, 2020
Dear Truth: Documentary Strategies in Contemporary Photography investigates documentary strategies and objectivity in contemporary photography. It shows how artists approach complex social and political realities in times of post-truth. By turning to archives and advanced technologies these artists expose structures and oppressions that are strategically hidden or overlooked. Photography is applied as an experimental, inclusive and expanded medium in works that insist upon the importance of seeing, knowing and reacting to the complexities and disorders characteristic of our time. The exhibition presents a range of works where we can discern a new form of objectivity that is ethical, empathic and engaged.
Participating artists: Laia Abril, Mathieu Asselin, Lara Baladi, Kerstin Hamilton, Axel Karlsson-Rixon, Bouchra Khalili, Frida Orupabo, Trevor Paglen and Taryn Simon.
Curator: Kerstin Hamilton, PhD candidate in Artistic Research at Valand Academy, Gothenburg University
The exhibition is part of Kerstin Hamilton’s on-going research project The Objectivity Laboratory: Photography and Reality in Times of Post-Truth. The public defence of the dissertation will take place in November 2021.
Image: Kerstin Hamilton, Lise Meitner, Physicist, Austria/Sweden, 1878-1968, photo montage, 2018