John Yuyi, Belly Button, 2018 © John Yuyi
HOW TO WIN AT PHOTOGRAPHY
– IMAGE-MAKING AS PLAY
Fotomuseum Winterthur | Saturday, 05.06. – Sunday, 10.10.2021
Curated by Marco De Mutiis and Matteo Bittanti
Assistant curator: Katrin Bauer
Director Fotomuseum Winterthur: Nadine Wietlisbach
How to Win at Photography – Image-Making as Play explores the relationship between photography and play. It investigates the notion of image play, creating unexpected connections between the history of photography, the gamification of the visible as well as practices of image making with(in) computer games.
The group exhibition How to Win at Photography includes more than forty positions from contemporary and 20th century photography. Through an assemblage of multimedia artworks and vernacular images, the exhibition questions the very meaning and function of photography today.
Are we playing with the camera or is the camera ultimately playing us? Are we really in charge or are we mere pawns in larger technical, social, cultural and economic networks? What can a playful photographer achieve on a political and socio-cultural level? Who and what is performing the act of seeing and capturing – humans, machines or a combination of both? And finally, can this game be won? These are just some of the questions posed by How to Win at Photography.
The exhibition invites visitors to focus on the playful aspects of photography. The exhibition looks at artists and photographers who play with – and sometimes against – the camera, document the environments of videogames and question the notion of identity, gender and class.
With works by: Cory Arcangel, Claude Cahun, John Hilliard, Cindy Sherman, Ai Wewei, John Yuyi and many others.