Fotograf Magazine

#27 cars

It is difficult to identify another mechanical invention that has had more of an impact on human life as much as the car. For the past few generations, cars have been something to admire, to love, to pamper but, at the same time, they are objects of hatred and contempt. Of course, this is due to the many different perspectives that exist, such as the use of a car as a means of transport, as equipment, as a display of personal power or wealth, but, most importantly, as an extraordinary invention, whose design exceeds that of standard industrial products, as it is motivated by more than mere functionality and convenience.

As far as human history is concerned, cars have taken on many irreplaceable roles. People use cars to get to work, to go on holiday. Sometimes they are used for sleeping, and, in some cases, children are conceived in cars and, in extreme situations, babies are even born in cars. However, the history of cars is also associated with accidents, with the injury and even death of drivers, passengers and pedestrians. All of these aspects combined have contributed towards the unique position that the phenomenon we call a “car” has achieved within society and which it has maintained even into the second decade of the twenty-first century.

#27 Cars — Profiles

Richard Prince

The notion of prosperity, linked with progress, the competitive accumulation of assets, and individual success has always been glaringly visible in American society. However, over the recent past decades, things have changed drastically since the time this fantasy first originated…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

The Atlas Group / Walid Raad

As part of his project The Atlas Group (1989–2004), the LebaneseAmerican artist Walid Raad collected documents related to the contemporary history of Lebanon. Raad presents the results of The Atlas Group as a collective work, attributing joint authorship to several fictitious characters…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Lukáš Jasanský & Martin Polák

After discussing the theme and content of the current issue of Fotograf Magazine together with Lukáš Jasanský and Martin Polák, and after a brief look through their archive, we jointly came to the conclusion that the cycle Kuranda (1998) which we originally intended to publish, and which is perhaps their work most systematically concerned with automobiles, appeared to be only the tip of the iceberg…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Roman Ondák

In 2011, seven Škodas with Slovak registration plates appeared in the car park behind the Secession Building in Vienna. They were parked there by Roman Ondák. He rented the cars from friends using funds from his exhibition budget, and drove them from Bratislava to Vienna…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Vladimir Nikolic

“This work presents a total discontinuity in my art production. Until now, I have one or two lines, maybe, which I follow in my works, but this one is absolutely alone and not in relation with other works, and I probably will not do anything like it in the future…

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#27 Cars — Profiles

Wolfgang Tillmans

Although it may seem that in his most recent book The Cars Wolfgang Tillmans used photography in a way reminiscent of the late 1960s and early 1970s, in fact the way he has taken hold of typologically focused conceptual photography is quite different…

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