DANIEL & GEO FUCHS – REALITY CHECK

28. jan - 17. apr 2017

This is the first museum exhibition in Norway of works by the German artists Daniel Fuchs (b. 1966) and Geo Fuchs (b. 1969). They began working together in 1992 and have since shown their conceptual photo projects throughout the world, in places such as Kunsthalle Wien, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg and at CAC in Malaga.

Daniel & Geo Fuchs: Fetus, 1999Daniel & Geo Fuchs: Polarbears, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2000, members of the German metal band Rammstein saw photographs from the series CONSERVING (1996) in a German magazine. The pictures, taken in various medical archives, show animals and humans, including fetuses, preserved in formaldehyde. These photographs formed the basis of a collaboration culminating in the series CONSERVING – RAMMSTEIN (2000), where they photographed the band members immersed in a yellowish liquid with a visual language comparable to the death-aesthetics of CONSERVING. One of the photographs from the original series was also used on the cover of the band’s album Mutter from 2001.

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Fighter01Faces of War (2010–2017) explores how images of war are reproduced in different media, from blockbuster movies and documentaries to YouTube films and computer games. This amalgamation of fiction and reality challenges the viewer to undertake a “reality check”; how should we relate to media’s alleged truth of content when documentary images can be confused with visual fiction and visa versa? This spurs reflection on the digital media’s gradual distortion of our perception and understanding of reality.

Daniel & Geo Fuchs: TOYGIANTS, Andy Shot, 2005-2007

 

In TOYGIANTS (2005–2007), Daniel & Geo Fuchs are working with limited edition designer toys photographed either alone or in large group portraits of monumental scale. This series includes cartoon heroes, movie stars and politicians, as well as pop art icon Andy Warhol. These works are the result of many years of collaboration with German art and toy collector Selim Varol.

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In STASI – Secret Rooms from 2004–2005, the two artists focus on the prison cells, interrogation rooms and archives of East Germany’s former secret service. An estimated 180.000 informants were involved in the surveillance operations that over a course of 40 years developed into a conspiratorial agency with countless breaches of human rights. Austerely furnished rooms tell the story of systematic suppression through whistle-blowing and persecution, interrogation and torture.

Daniel & Geo Fuchs: STASI - secret rooms, BstU, archive central office Berlin, 2004

This exhibition, curated by Tone Lyngstad Nyaas, fills the entire first floor.