Curated by Sari Schildt and Jan Borreck
“Photographers are not prepared to work with photos they haven’t taken themselves. They believe that they constantly have to produce new ones,” wrote Floris M. Neusüss in 1982. Forty years later, we are confronted with other people’s pictures every day—pictures that no longer wait patiently to be found at flea markets or in attics. Rather, they demand validation, likes, and attention. The Images of Others shows projects by young photographers who occasionally put their own cameras aside, instead using found images taken from family albums, the internet, and other sources. The artists approach existing photos in varying ways, so that the material presented is reflected in a variety of new, individual perspectives. The photographers juxtapose their own pictures with images from other sources, create and question the structure of photo archives, and share their views of cultural spaces in society. The exhibition is an analysis dedicated to tracking and tracing, and is to be found somewhere in the realm between archaeology and the family photo album. Depending on what photographs are used for, a consumption-fueled society will constantly demand more. The abundance of images is ubiquitous, a never-ending flow of photos that long ago became a raging river. This exhibit provides an opportunity to pause for a moment, and offers a space to question the role of photography today.