2 Dec 2012-5 May 2013. This exhibition displays the photographs by the German artist Joachim Schmid, well known for the originality and relevance of his postmodern work.

The exhibition includes the series Bilderbuch, which includes 60 anonymous images and 40 books, collected by Schmid over the years and arranged in sequence. Since the 1980s this Berlin-based artist has worked with photography, although he is not considered a traditional photographer: he does not take or produce any images. In 1989 on occasion of the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography he provocatively declared that he would not create any new photographs until the existing ones had been used sufficiently. In his opinion the current over-production of images leads to addiction and saturation and at times to nonsense.

Schmid decided to limit his work to the collection and reuse of pre-existing photographs by other photographers as well as of stickers, exhibition invitations, posters, post cards, newspapers and leaflets, found at flea markets and archives or taken from websites and social networks. This material has been archived and at times manipulated, in search of new meanings. At the beginning of the 1980s he founded the magazine Fotokritik and in 2009 he created the ABC Artists’ Book Cooperative, which focuses to self-publishing by using the technologies of printing-on-demand.

Wed-Fri 15.00-19.00, Sun 11.00-19.00.

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Address Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Villa Ghirlanda, via Frova 10, Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, tel. 026605661.
Website www.mufoco.org

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Exhibition by Joachim Schmid

Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Villa Ghirlanda, via Frova 10, Cinisello Balsamo, Milan, tel. 026605661.