2014-01-11

Andreas Gursky/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2013

There is a strange weightlessness about Andreas Gursky’s photography of the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. As an  architectural photography is no longer a try to reproduce reality, but it is "an image of the image of reality” (Thomas Ruff).  In the center of photography we can see an empty space surrounded by escalators, which grows to powerful symbol of mobility.
Within this European hub of transportation and moving travelers are shown as tiny creatures. Terminal looks not different from a highway.
Artist also implements a higher vantage point to reach distance to happenings.
This early work illustrates his need to capture the world in images. The artist searches for places with a symbolic value, ex.in his large photographs of stock-exchange in which he focuses on presenting the tension between the people in crowd - iconic microstructures of civilized, capitalized modern world.
What is certain: though today the terms "road, way” is often meaningless and does not lead to destination. We are lost in transit. 


Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky, Charles de Gaulle

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