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Title

Gangway

2001

Artist

Thomas Demand

Germany

1964 -

  • Details

    Date
    2001
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    type C photograph/ Diasec
    Edition
    5/6
    Dimensions
    225.0 x 181.0 cm Weight 52kg
    Credit
    Gift of the John Kaldor Family Collection 2016. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    312.2016
    Copyright
    © Thomas Demand/Bild-Kunst, Bonn. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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  • About

    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.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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