Matthias Ballestrem and Anton Burdakov
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Work from Built on Promises.
“The promise of the photograph is the experience of the represented. But it goes beyond that; Through our eyes, images point past their ability to represent reality. Often exceeding the objects they capture in ability to hold our attention, photographs become the object of desire. Henry Cartier-Bresson ascribed his epiphany that turned him to photography to a single picture. “When I saw Munkacsi’s photograph of the black kids running in a wave I couldn’t believe such a thing could be caught with the camera. I said ‘damn it,’ I took my camera and went out into the street.” Cartier-Bresson didn’t go in search of experience. He went in search of images.
Built on Promises, the first collaborative project between architect Matthias Ballestrem and artist Anton Burdakov, seeks to question the intimate relationship between experience and image. How does the world of the sensible transmute into the second dimension? Spatial perception and the imagination this gives rise to are questioned in a series of photographic installations developed in and for PROGRAM’s exhibition space. As visitors move about in the exhibition, so too will their frames of perception shift. What exists, what had existed and what might exist become blurred and challenged.” – Program