Photoforum Pasquart presents its curatorial theme of the year 2022 "Seeing through Clouds," developed by the new director and LGC-fellow Jana Johanna Haeckel. It deals with the role of image archives and their claim to an alleged documentation of "facts." In the digital age, in which more images are produced and consumed than ever before in human history, the virtual archive becomes an important site for the negotiation of "truth" and objectivity. The four different solo exhibitions by Bianca Baldi, Sheida Soleimani, Joud Toamah and Emmanuel Van der Auwera present various strategies in dealing with image archives as potential places for counter-narratives: They use found image material from digital, historical, fictional and personal sources to question the idea of the image as document. By reworking and combining biased footage, they develop a constructively critical access to photographic images and highlight how photography serves to regulate the ways in which stories are told and power relations are established.
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