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in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the globe of function from bahrain to arizona


May 26, 2023

‘Visual Spaces of Today’ by Andreas Gursky


Beginning May well 25th, 2023, German photographer Andreas Gursky exhibits 40 of his photos that document  globalization and mass consumption at Fondazione MAST in Bologna. Titled ‘Visual Spaces of These days,’ the exhibition, co-curated by Urs Stahel, spotlights the photographer’s thematic photos that recommend perspectives on function, the economy, and globalization.


Each and every photograph reveals the concrete spaces of production plants, goods-handling centers, temples of consumption, transport hubs, power and meals industries, and monetary centers across the globe. Gursky chosen the photos as he kept the acronym MAST in thoughts, which stands for Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione, Tecnologia (Factory of Arts, Knowledge and Technologies).


Incorporated in the exhibition, which overlaps with Fondazione Mast’s ten-year celebration, are 40 photos by the artist, dating from his early operates (Krefeld, Hühner, 1989) to his extra current production (V&ampR II and V&ampR III, 2022), travelling wonderful lengths, from Salerno (1990) to Hong Kong (2020), and combining the modern day tourism sector (Rimini, 2003) with age-old production processes (Salinas, 2021).

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
Andreas Gursky, Lehmbruck I, 2013, image © designboom | | header image: Andreas Gursky, Salinas, 202 © ANDREAS GURSKY by SIAE 2023, photo by Sprüth Magers | photos courtesy of Fondazione MAST



Salerno marks Andreas Gursky’s landscape photography


Andreas Gursky sits inside Fondazione MAST, a solemn expression crossing his face, and ponders the choice of photos that are dear to him. One particular of them is Salerno (1990), the 1st image in the exhibition, greeting the viewers into his documentary den of photographs. He was cruising along the Italian coast by the seaside one particular vacation, and all of a sudden, the uniformed rows of automobiles and stacked port containers came into view. Gursky had discovered the ropes of black-and-white photography in art and even crossed the path early on in his profession. This time, in Salerno, he took out his camera and captured the industrial landscape in complete colour.


‘I devoted I wanted to photograph that landscape, and I told myself, it is time for me to do what I want. I employed a tripod for this one particular and speedily snapped the photos for the reason that the sun was currently setting. Then, I was not positive if it would grow to be an image of mine, but when I got back to my workshop and looked at the outcome, it also seemed like a postcard. I should say this image is significant to me for the reason that it inaugurated my landscape photography. When I appear back at this image, I recognize the moment I shifted my method to huge-scale photography. This image was a turning point for me,’ says Gursky throughout the press conference at Fondazione MAST.

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
Andreas Gursky, F1 Boxenstopp I, 2007, image © designboom



Globalization in the globe of function


Significant-scale photographs of Andreas Gursky grace the exhibition space of Fondazione MAST. The intentional size encourages viewers to step beyond the designated line view to scrutinize the photos and come across information that plain sight could miss at 1st glance. Globalization in the globe of function brews progressively in thoughts till the viewers come to terms with the globe they reside in operating on mass consumption and the ever-transmuting economy influencing the way folks function. However beyond the social and political themes Gursky has captured, a poetic and nostalgic tone shadows the photographs by means of the information viewers could appear previous when they glimpse at the shots for the 1st time.


For Kamiokande (2007), Gursky flew to Japan and photographed the neutrino detector analysis facility and observatory. ‘It was about 1,000 meters under the sea level to protect against catching radiation,’ says Gursky. He adds that usually, the facility would be complete of water, but throughout his go to, the cavernous observatory seemed to lack it. Tiers of golden spheres lure in the viewers and retain their focus as they gaze at the image, floating however attached to the wall of the facility. In Gursky’s image, the globes seemingly glow in sequence, just about tricking the viewers of the detail that tends to make the image odic. Glancing on the reduced ideal, two oars with rowers paddle by means of the nonetheless water. ‘Without these boats, the image would have been scientific. I was moved by this detail. It offers the image a romantic and musical point of view,’ says Gursky.

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
installation view | image © designboom



Compositions and uniformity in art photography


Composition matters to Andreas Gursky. Although post-editing can aid, becoming in the moment and snapping the shot at the ideal time and angle are deemed necessary to the photographer. At instances, Gursky appears for fragments that can piece the complete image with each other, an try viewers can see in Bahrain I (2005). Right here, he hopped on a helicopter and armed with his camera, he circled about the Bahrain International Circuit raceway like a vulture waiting for its prey. Previous the photographs and into the editing, Gursky produced a snaking racetrack that slopes down from a sandy mountain, each and every car or truck and particular person disappearing from the pictorial canvass. 


Uniformity follows balance, and such a style is noticed in several of Gursky’s photos. In RHEIN II (1999), a possibility encounter occurred. ‘It is not how I imagined the final outcome would be, but immediately after that, I began to reflect on how I took photographs and was operating along the theme of abstract expressionism,’ he says. The image oozes tranquility in nature. Gursky was on a hike and jog when he located himself operating along the bank of the Rhine River. At some point throughout his run, he paused and saw an image of a huge abstract horizon in nature with the green grass and water flow stretching endlessly like a seamless tape. There, he knew it would be an image showcasing the stillness on the horizon that is free of charge from disruption.

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
installation view | left: Andreas Gursky, Toys’R’Us, 1999, image © designboom ideal: Andreas Gursky, Tokyo Stock Exchange, 1990, image © designboom



Salinas in Ibiza as an image of respite


Serenity inside fast globalization and pocketed quiet moments in instances of city frenzy come into play inside Fondazione MAST. Andreas Gursky masters pulling the viewers into the painterly compositions of his photos for visual purposes even though pushing them into the sphere of social and political nuances pervasive in his industrial and landscape photographs. One particular moment, the viewers bask in silence, reveling in the transient stillness, then seconds later, progressively rather than abruptly, they see the globe they reside in, back to the ground from the short-term higher.


The final image that Gursky discussed at Fondazione Mast was Salinas (2021). The photographer went to Ibiza and captured the landscape of salt pools at the feet of rugged, rocky hills. No unmistakable information spring into view just silhouettes of the grided pools and mountains. The obscure lines and slopes underline the picturesque landscape, snapped at the ideal time and at the ideal angle. The sun has sunk but painted the sky with orange hues, and the halcyon of the water reflects the surroundings. Gursky, his camera prepared, captured the respite, breathing in the wondrous silence and breathing out globalization in the globe of function for a even though.

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
installation view | photo by Luca Capuano

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
installation view | photo by Luca Capuano

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