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An image of Gangway by Thomas Demand

Thomas Demand

(Germany 1964 – )

Media category
Materials used
type C photograph/ Diasec

225.0 x 180.0 cm

John Kaldor Family Collection at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Accession number
© Thomas Demand/Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

Thomas Demand’s work is specific: he often begins with a photograph, whether a news photograph or a postcard, and then builds a life-sized model of it in paper. He photographs the completed structure from a fixed point of view and then destroys it. The resulting images – which, because they are based on models, never feature people and only rarely letters or numbers – often seem reminiscent of a scene previously viewed, but the effect is elusive.

In ‘Gangway’ the open empty doorway of a generic passenger jet rendered both unspectacular and uncanny. Any number of famous people might have stood waving from the top of the stairs, but the source for the work is supposedly a news photograph of Pope John Paul II visiting Berlin.

Bibliography (5)

Adam Free, Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Adelaide, 2003, 32 (colour illus.), 60.

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Thomas Demand: l'esprit d'escalier, 2007, (illus.). no.10

Kunsthaus Bregenz, Thomas Demand: phototrophy, 2004, 42 (illus.).

Neue Nationalgalerie, Thomas Demand, 2009, (illus.).

Wayne Tunnicliffe (Editor), John Kaldor family collection: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2011, cover (colour illus.), 246, 247 (colour illus.). cover illustration is a deatil

Exhibition history (2)

Journey to now: John Kaldor art projects and collection, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 18 Apr 2003–06 Jul 2003

The Same River Twice: Part 1, Institute of Modern Art, Fortitude Valley, 06 Dec 2008–28 Feb 2009