Jojakim Cortis und Adrian Sonderegger.
Fotostiftung Schweiz, Winterthur
– 9 September 2018
The “Double Take” exhibition staged by the Fotostiftung Schweiz shows models by the artist duo Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger based on iconic photographs.
These Swiss artists began collaborating during their photography studies in Zurich in 2005. Their projects are always metaphorically charged and their materials simple and they often play with impossibility which they try to implement digitally. Their way of working implicitly invites the viewer to take a close look and ask questions. For “Double Take”, they recreated photographs of social significance in three-dimensional miniature models. By doing this, they not only want to reproduce the photographs, but also focus on the space and the construction of the image and bring it out of the past into the present of their studio. The models are bricolages made of cardboard, wood, cotton wool, sand, adhesives, and plaster, which are very close to the original image. The project invites the visitor to examine the truth of the medium of photography and to consciously reconsider the differently illuminated images and their stories. The exhibition includes reconstructions of “The Hindenburg Disaster” by Sam Shere, “The Flatiron – Evening” by Edward J. Steichen, and “Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima” by Joe Rosenthal.
The Fotostiftung Schweiz, founded in 1971, is a non-profit organisation and holds around 50,000 exhibition prints, 250,000 archive prints and over a million negatives and slides dating from the 20th century. Not only are photographs exhibited, but also the entire photographic discourse is reflected upon as well as its history and its social significance being examined. Special focus is placed on the archiving of photographic works relating to Switzerland and on disseminating and making this comprehensive collection accessible to the general public. In addition to the exhibition, there will be a book available, published in German by Lars Müller Publishers and in English by Thames and Hudson.