The innocent image is an illusion – this is especially true for the omnipresent medium of photography. This is precisely the artistic starting point for Anne Collier. Born in Los Angeles in 1970 and currently living in New York, her conceptual works are based primarily on found materials from pop culture of the 1970s and 1980s; on photos gleaned from magazines, advertising, record covers, book illustrations and film stills. By photographing these printed images and putting them into new contexts, she pursues a reflexive archaeology of the uses of photography. Collier is interested, above all, in images with an emotive visual undertone, such as waves, eyes, clouds and romanticised sexism. With analytical elegance, Collier reflects the deceptive imagery that shapes our everyday lives and, in doing so, she reveals the tension between the photographic subject and the act of photographing.
The exhibition and publication, published by Hartmann Projects, were created in collaboration with the Sprengel Museum Hannover.