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Ladies and Gentlemen! The Camera as a Mirror

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Ladies and Gentlemen!  The Camera as a Mirror

Time: April 15, 2012 to April 22, 2012
Location: MODERNA MUSEET MALMÖ
Street: Gasverksgatan 22 211 29
City/Town: Malmö, Sweden
Website or Map: http://www.modernamuseet.se/
Phone: 040-685 79 37
Event Type: exhibition
Organized By: MODERNA MUSEET MALMÖ
Latest Activity: Apr 15, 2012

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Event Description

This spring Moderna Museet Malmö will be showing more than forty photographs from the period 1950-90 taken by leading artists such as Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Samuel Fosso, Tracey Moffatt, and Elina Brotherus. The exhibition focuses on the art of portrait photography and how the artist in his or her studio creates images that depict people not just as they actually are, but also as they would like to appear. 

Moderna Museet’s collection of photography is among the foremost in Europe, it includes some of the most prominent figures in the history of photography. Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, and Robert Mapplethorpe are all big names, artists whose work often revolves around concepts of identity, sexuality, and performativity. The photography studio is a place for masquerades and manipulations, a stage where various identities and roles can be tested. It therefore problematizes the idea that a portrait is meant to convey some truth about the subject’s inner life. How do we distinguish a staged scene from reality? Is it even possible to make such a distinction? How free are we to form our own identity? If it’s a matter of choosing a role, what roles are available to us?

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