Fotomuseum Winterthur and the FilmColors research teams of Prof. Dr. Barbara Flueckiger are proud to present the exhibition Color Mania – The Material of Color in Photography and Film, curated by Nadine Wietlisbach, Director of Fotomuseum Winterthur and Dr. Eva Hielscher, Film Scholar and Guest Curator.
The show exhibits film strips, large-format images and original prints, by which the development and history of color as a material in photography and film are illustrated. The exhibition examines the web of connections and processes of exchange between the media of photography and film, shedding light on the material dimensions of photo and film colors and focusing attention on their fascinating abundance.
Yet Color Mania does not just include exhibits related to historical color film and photography. The historical processes enter into a dialogue with works of art by contemporary artists, which demonstrate how these color processes are utilised today and how the material nature of color, as viewed through the prism of technology and cultural theory, is reflected on in current photography and the broader artistic landscape. In this regard, the works by Dunja Evers, Raphael Hefti, Barbara Kasten and Alexandra Navratil amplify certain aspects explored in the exhibition by means of historical documents and objects. The historical realm is connected here to an experimental and reflective approach drawing on a contemporary perspective.
The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with Prof. Dr. Barbara Flueckiger’s research projects ERC Advanced Grant FilmColors. Bridging the Gap between Technology ... and SNSF Film Colors. Technologies, Cultures, Institutions at the University of Zurich, with support from the Swiss National Science Foundation as an Agora project for science communication.