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FOTOFINISH . Photography’s Triumph as an Autonomous Art Form

Presentation & Talk

Time 08:00 p.m.
Admission free
With Christina Leber, Kathrin Schönegg, Steffen Siegel and Felix Hoffmann
Moderation Julia Voss

C/O Berlin cordially invites you to the presentation of the new catalog of the DZ BANK Art Collection untitled FOTOFINISH . Photograpy's Triumph as an Autonomous Art Form.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Art Collection, DZ BANK has published the catalog FOTOFINISH . Photography‘s Triumph as an Autonomous Art Form (2018) by Snoeck Verlag in Cologne, offering a current overview of this exceptional corporate collection, encompassing works by Richard Avedon, Sibylle Bergemann, Viktoria Binschtok, Jan Paul Evers, Nan Goldin, Raphael Hefti, Louise Lawler, Thomas Ruff, Piotr Uklanski, Cindy Shermann, Andy Warhol, and many others. As an artistic medium, photography has undergone sweeping changes over the last 50 years and has achieved impressive success. Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, photography’s ascent to the Mount Olympus of art has been extraordinary, making it the most important visual medium of our time. Yet there are questions that have remained relevant since the inception of the medium. Under what conditions can photography be considered art? What qualities set photography apart from other artistic media? What questions does the photographic medium raise? And what visual languages, concepts, and strategies have artists developed in recent years?

In a discussion moderated by Julia Voss, Christina Leber, Head of the DZ BANK Art Collection; Kathrin Schönegg and Steffen Siegel, two of the authors of the new catalog; and Felix Hoffmann, Chief Curator of the C/O Berlin Foundation, will talk about contemporary artistic photography at the intersection with other artistic genres and in the context of conceptual approaches.