20 Jan–5 Mar 2017
The black and white photographs of Owen Gump (*1980, Kentfield, California, US) can be viewed within the tradition of American landscape photography. In his topographic investigations of the American West, the landscape appears as a stage for human expansion and as material for ideological formations. In his new series The Narrows, exhibited for the first time at the Kunstverein Freiburg, Gump examines a state-subsidized industrial park near Reno, Nevada, where large corporations and high-tech companies—including the world’s largest internet server farm—have opened. The building complexes with their geometric structures appear as a science fiction set against the stark, empty forms of the desert. In this sense, Gump’s photographs could document the ruins of the future, within which the spheres of influence of homo oeconomicus are continuously spreading.
An edition has been released as part of the exhibition, available exclusively to Kunstverein Freiburg members.
Fri, 20 Jan, 7 pm
Opening Night with Introduction by Heinrich Dietz
Wed, 1 Feb, 7 pm
Guided Tour with Heinrich Dietz
Sun, 5 Mar, 2 pm
Children’s Workshop (registration required)
Wed, 15 Feb, 7 pm
Art Salon with Dr. Stefan Gronert, Curator of Photography and Media at Sprengel Museum Hannover