Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
Joan Fontcuberta, Googlegram 10: Immigrants, 2005
Joan Fontcuberta, Googlegram 10: Immigrants, 2005
2006 Featured Exhibition

Joan Fontcuberta
Datascapes

May 11–July 1, 2006
Artcore/Fabrice Marcolini
55 Mill St Bldg 62

Award-winning Barcelona-based photographer
Fontcuberta presents
two new bodies of digital work. In Googlegrams,
mosaics of
culturally charged images are created from smaller,
conceptually
related snapshots culled via Google image
searches. Penny-sized
portraits of the richest men and women in the
world are pieced
together into a mosaic depicting a homeless man;
the iconic
image of a detainee tortured at Abu Ghraib is
cobbled together
out of images of public officials involved in the
scandal. In
Landscapes without Memory, Fontcuberta co-opts
a different piece
of software, one originally designed to turn 2-D
information – photographs
or satellite imagery – into three-D landscapes. Using
it, Fontcuberta tranforms masterworks by Turner,
Cézanne, Dalí,
Stieglitz and Weston into mountains, rivers, valleys
and clouds. The
vocabulary of art thus becomes that of
cartography.


Film screening: F for Fontcuberta on May 14 – see
films

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Photography Festival

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