Chennai Photo Biennale 2019: Armin Linke's works depict how socio-economic forces shape spaces, objects

The artist and filmmaker Armin Linke is internationally renowned for his photographs and expansive archive, in which he documents the rapid changes occurring at the earth’s surface both photographically and in moving images.

FP Staff February 23, 2019 16:38:20 IST
Chennai Photo Biennale 2019: Armin Linke's works depict how socio-economic forces shape spaces, objects
Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Armin Linkes works depict how socioeconomic forces shape spaces objects

Interior decoration at Shinjuku metro station in Tokyo, Japan (1999). The artist and filmmaker Armin Linke is internationally renowned for his photographs and expansive archive, in which he documents the rapid changes occurring at the earth’s surface both photographically and in moving images.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Armin Linkes works depict how socioeconomic forces shape spaces objects

The downstream side of the Ertan Dam in Panzhihua (Sichuan) China (1998). The pictures collected in Linke’s archive constitute a resource for developing an understanding of the human impact on planet earth, from the seabed to rainforests to agrarian territories.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Armin Linkes works depict how socioeconomic forces shape spaces objects

Bloemenveiling Aalsmeer (Aalsmeer flower auction) in The Netherlands (1998). Special attention is devoted to the relationship between life worlds and landscapes on the one hand, and the abstractions of science, economics, and politics that transform the planet, on the other.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Armin Linkes works depict how socioeconomic forces shape spaces objects

Cinema screen in Guiyu, China (2005). The archive raises urgent questions with regard to the relationship between planetary processes, political institutions, and science.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Armin Linkes works depict how socioeconomic forces shape spaces objects

Maha Kumbh Mela at Allahabad, India (2001). The big format books shown at the Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 are original photographic prints designed to create three image-sequence organization in which one image relates to exterior and open landscapes, the other to interior and enclosed locations, and the third one to objects in space.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Armin Linkes works depict how socioeconomic forces shape spaces objects

Water shop at Nukus in Uzbekistan (2001). The books work as a kind of "editing machine" that brings into relation places and time that have hitherto seemed disconnected. The books ask of the viewer to create, through an awareness of and thinking about possible interconnections and the social and economic forces that brought to the shaping of the spaces and objects depicted.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Armin Linkes works depict how socioeconomic forces shape spaces objects

The drawings of the Tower of Babel at a museum in Iraq (2002). Through working with his own, as well as with other media archives, Linke challenges the conventions of photographic practice, whereby the question of how photography is installed and displayed becomes increasingly important.

Chennai Photo Biennale 2019 Armin Linkes works depict how socioeconomic forces shape spaces objects

Mountain with antennas in Kitakyushu, Japan (2006). Linke’s work has been exhibited at prestigious art institutions including Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018); Tate Gallery, London (2015); Fotomuseum, Winterthur (2015); PAC, Milan (2017); Ludwig Forum, Aachen (2017); Centre de la Photographie Genève (2017). He was Research Affiliate at MIT Visual Arts Program Cambridge, guest professor at the IUAV Arts and Design University in Venice and professor for photography at the University for Arts and Design Karlsruhe.

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