in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the planet of operate from bahrain to arizona

‘Visual Spaces of Today’ by Andreas Gursky


Beginning May perhaps 25th, 2023, German photographer Andreas Gursky exhibits 40 of his pictures that document  globalization and mass consumption at Fondazione MAST in Bologna. Titled ‘Visual Spaces of These days,’ the exhibition, co-curated by Urs Stahel, spotlights the photographer’s thematic pictures that recommend perspectives on operate, the economy, and globalization.


Every photograph reveals the concrete spaces of production plants, goods-handling centers, temples of consumption, transport hubs, power and meals industries, and economic centers across the planet. Gursky chosen the pictures as he kept the acronym MAST in thoughts, which stands for Manifattura di Arti, Sperimentazione, Tecnologia (Factory of Arts, Knowledge and Technologies).


Incorporated in the exhibition, which overlaps with Fondazione Mast’s ten-year celebration, are 40 pictures by the artist, dating from his early operates (Krefeld, Hühner, 1989) to his much more current production (V&ampR II and V&ampR III, 2022), travelling good lengths, from Salerno (1990) to Hong Kong (2020), and combining the contemporary tourism business (Rimini, 2003) with age-old production processes (Salinas, 2021).

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
Andreas Gursky, Lehmbruck I, 2013, image © designboom | | header image: Andreas Gursky, Salinas, 202 © ANDREAS GURSKY by SIAE 2023, photo by Sprüth Magers | pictures courtesy of Fondazione MAST



Salerno marks Andreas Gursky’s landscape photography


Andreas Gursky sits inside Fondazione MAST, a solemn expression crossing his face, and ponders the choice of pictures that are dear to him. A single of them is Salerno (1990), the initial image in the exhibition, greeting the viewers into his documentary den of photographs. He was cruising along the Italian coast by the seaside one particular vacation, and all of a sudden, the uniformed rows of cars and stacked port containers came into view. Gursky had discovered the ropes of black-and-white photography in art and even crossed the path early on in his profession. This time, in Salerno, he took out his camera and captured the industrial landscape in complete colour.


‘I wanted to photograph that landscape, and I told myself, it is time for me to do what I want. I applied a tripod for this one particular and speedily snapped the pictures mainly because the sun was currently setting. Then, I was not confident if it would grow to be an image of mine, but when I got back to my workshop and looked at the outcome, it also seemed like a postcard. I will have to say this image is significant to me mainly because it inaugurated my landscape photography. When I appear back at this image, I recognize the moment I shifted my method to significant-scale photography. This image was a turning point for me,’ says Gursky in the course of the press conference at Fondazione MAST.

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
Andreas Gursky, F1 Boxenstopp I, 2007, image © designboom



Globalization in the planet of operate


Significant-scale photographs of Andreas Gursky grace the exhibition space of Fondazione MAST. The intentional size encourages viewers to step beyond the designated line view to scrutinize the pictures and come across particulars that plain sight may well miss at initial glance. Globalization in the planet of operate brews steadily in thoughts till the viewers come to terms with the planet they reside in operating on mass consumption and the ever-transmuting economy influencing the way folks operate. But beyond the social and political themes Gursky has captured, a poetic and nostalgic tone shadows the photographs by means of the particulars viewers may possibly appear previous when they glimpse at the shots for the initial time.


For Kamiokande (2007), Gursky flew to Japan and photographed the neutrino detector investigation facility and observatory. ‘It was about 1,000 meters under the sea level to protect against catching radiation,’ says Gursky. He adds that typically, the facility would be complete of water, but in the course of his stop by, the cavernous observatory seemed to lack it. Tiers of golden spheres lure in the viewers and retain their consideration as they gaze at the image, floating but attached to the wall of the facility. In Gursky’s image, the globes seemingly glow in sequence, practically tricking the viewers of the detail that tends to make the image odic. Glancing on the reduce suitable, two oars with rowers paddle by means of the nevertheless water. ‘Without these boats, the image would have been scientific. I was moved by this detail. It offers the image a romantic and musical point of view,’ says Gursky.

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
installation view | image © designboom



Compositions and uniformity in art photography


Composition matters to Andreas Gursky. When post-editing can aid, becoming in the moment and snapping the shot at the suitable time and angle are deemed important to the photographer. At instances, Gursky appears for fragments that can piece the entire image collectively, an try viewers can see in Bahrain I (2005). Right here, he hopped on a helicopter and armed with his camera, he circled about the Bahrain International Circuit raceway like a vulture waiting for its prey. Previous the photographs and into the editing, Gursky produced a snaking racetrack that slopes down from a sandy mountain, every single vehicle and individual disappearing from the pictorial canvass. 


Uniformity follows balance, and such a style is noticed in quite a few of Gursky’s pictures. In RHEIN II (1999), a possibility encounter occurred. ‘It is not how I imagined the final outcome would be, but just after that, I began to reflect on how I took photographs and was operating along the theme of abstract expressionism,’ he says. The image oozes tranquility in nature. Gursky was on a hike and jog when he discovered himself operating along the bank of the Rhine River. At some point in the course of his run, he paused and saw an image of a significant abstract horizon in nature with the green grass and water flow stretching endlessly like a seamless tape. There, he knew it would be an image showcasing the stillness on the horizon that is totally free from disruption.

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
installation view | left: Andreas Gursky, Toys’R’Us, 1999, image © designboom suitable: Andreas Gursky, Tokyo Stock Exchange, 1990, image © designboom



Salinas in Ibiza as an image of respite


Serenity inside fast globalization and pocketed quiet moments in instances of city frenzy come into play inside Fondazione MAST. Andreas Gursky masters pulling the viewers into the painterly compositions of his pictures for visual purposes when pushing them into the sphere of social and political nuances pervasive in his industrial and landscape photographs. A single moment, the viewers bask in silence, reveling in the transient stillness, then seconds later, steadily rather than abruptly, they see the planet they reside in, back to the ground from the short-term higher.


The final image that Gursky discussed at Fondazione Mast was Salinas (2021). The photographer went to Ibiza and captured the landscape of salt pools at the feet of rugged, rocky hills. No unmistakable particulars spring into view just silhouettes of the grided pools and mountains. The obscure lines and slopes underline the picturesque landscape, snapped at the suitable time and at the suitable angle. The sun has sunk but painted the sky with orange hues, and the halcyon of the water reflects the surroundings. Gursky, his camera prepared, captured the respite, breathing in the wondrous silence and breathing out globalization in the planet of operate for a when.

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
installation view | photo by Luca Capuano

in MAST, andreas gursky captures globalization in the world of work from bahrain to arizona
installation view | photo by Luca Capuano

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