WORKS FROM THE LOUSIANA COLLECTION
This year’s presentation of the collection turned the focus on photography as an artistic medium. The works shown challenged and investigated the special relationship of photography with reality, and showed us a number of points of contact where classic genres such as landscape, portrait and architecture are reinterpreted.
Photography is still relatively young as a medium, especially in the art context. Although invented in 1839, photography was not really acknowledged as an artistic form of expression until the 1980s. Today photography stands on an equal footing with painting and drawing and has reached an age when the artists reflect over the specific conditions and premises of the medium.
The modern digitalized photograph, unlike the analog photograph, breaks down into tiny units called pixels, which can be processed more or less at will. Digitalization has made it much simpler to manipulate the image, and the convincing result fundamentally questions the idea of the photograph as an objective, neutral record of reality. Instead of documenting the subject depicted, the digital photograph enables a pictorial practice in which imagination and fiction thrive as vigorously as in other artistic media.