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Not Neutral: Contemporary Swiss Photography
Daniele Buetti . Absolut Vodka, 1995-2000

Not Neutral: Contemporary Swiss Photography

Annelies Štrba » Daniele Buetti » Hans Danuser » Katrin Freisager » Claudio Moser » Cat Tuong Nguyen » Marco Poloni » Ugo Rondinone » Peter Tillessen »

Exhibition: 15 Apr – 19 Jul 2003

Washington Square East 10003
NY 10003 New York

Grey Art Gallery, NYU

100 Washington Square East
NY 10003 New York



Tue-Sat 11-17

Not Neutral: Contemporary Swiss Photography
Katrin Freisager, To Be Like You XI, 2000, C-Print

In Switzerland, as in much of the world today, art is increasingly photographic. Abandoning the notion of the artwork as a self-contained, autonomous object, many contemporary artists use photography to document and comment on life around them. New technologies—including digitization and speedier methods of enlargement, editing, and reproduction—have helped break down the division between a straight documentary approach and staged or manipulated art photography, widening the medium's potential for invention. Contemporary Swiss photography reflects this international state of affairs while also responding to its own particular history. Not Neutral presents nine artists whose work exemplifies the diverse approaches to photo-based art in Switzerland today. Running through much of their imagery is a de-mythologizing current that addresses both the country's recent past and its current social situation. Some of the artists focus on ephemeral and marginal aspects of everyday life; others call attention to fashion advertising's commodifications of the self. Many embrace a new existentialism, questioning conventional notions about reality and the ability of science to define it. All reject stereotypical views of Switzerland and challenge the traditional ideal of distanced neutrality. Curated by Urs Stahel, Not Neutral: Contemporary Swiss Photography is organized by the Grey Art Gallery at New York University in conjunction with the Fotomuseum Winterthur, and is part of swisspeaksFESTIVAL (www.swisspeaks.org). The Grey Art Gallery presentation is made possible in part by the Pro Helvetia Arts Council of Switzerland and the Abby Weed Grey Trust .

Not Neutral: Contemporary Swiss Photography
Ugo Rondinone . from the series I Don‘t Live Here Anymore, 1997
Not Neutral: Contemporary Swiss Photography
Annelies Strba, from Berlin Video, 2000 and New York Video, 2001, C-prints