Thomas Ruff is the prototype of the artist whose work requires a great deal of preliminary research. An image demiurge, he sees the camera as more than simply an optical mechanical recording device, but rather as a powerful image machine through which he can transform the elements of reality into a new visual dimension. The images in Ruff’s Machines series form the core the exhibition at the MAST PhotoGallery. Presented with them are other series by Ruff, including Nights, Houses, Other Portraits, Jpegs, Photograms, and Negatives. These works come together in a powerful choir of voices speaking of machines and energies.
MACHINE & ENERGY
via Speranza, 42 – Bologna
© THOMAS RUFF BY SIAE 2017
Via Speranza, 42 - Bologna
The MAST Foundation is a complex of great architectural interest opened in 2013 and designed by Studio Labics, within a project which successfully transformed a decommissioned industrial area just outside of Bologna. In the PhotoGallery, exhibitions curated by Urs Stahel feature historic and contemporary photographers, aiming to introduce the larger public to the diversity and importance of photography of industry and work as a documentation of the past, a living witness to the present, and a glimpse of the future.