Daniel Schmude, Leidenschaft 4, 2011 Digital archival C-print on paper, 9.29 x 17.71 in. Courtesy the artist and Kunstbehandlung, Munich.
MEDIUM OF DESIRE: An International Anthology of Photography and Video
Dec 18 - Mar 27, 2016
Using human beauty, desire, Eros and sexuality, this beautifully curated exhibition organized by Peter Weiermair seeks to reveal that cultural differences, whether defined by national borders, sexual orientation, or gender identification, can be at the same time vast but familiar. Peter says, “I think that photography presents a vast array of the aesthetic strategies of contemporary artists. Photography is the medium of desire. The beauty of desire is evident in the work of all of these artists.”
Regardless of one’s sexual orientation or country of origin, feelings of desire, when successfully represented, can serve to minimize our differences and bring us closer. Using the theme of “desire,” the exhibition draws together the work of fourteen contemporary artists from China, Japan, Greece, Russia, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, and the United States.
“In looking at some of these works,” says Peter, “we see the expression of desire between those depicted in the images. Then, in other works, we see the desire between the artists and their subjects. In many instances, as we witness this desire, it evokes our own feelings of desire, regardless of our individual perspective. Every artist is ‘looking on’ to the extent allowed by their subjects.”
The work presented varies greatly in style and ranges from documentation to elaborately staged photo shoots. Because of the international element to the exhibition, this is the first time some of the artists are showing their work in the United States.