Fotomuseum Winterthur | Saturday, 23.01. – Monday, 24.05.2021

Eva & Franco Mattes – Dear Imaginary Audience,

Funny cat pics with creepy captions shared on social media, digital images that circulate unseen through the internet’s infrastructure or anonymous workers hired online to both create and remove morally dubious web content: Eva & Franco Mattes (both b. 1976) have been investigating the internet’s effects on the ethics and politics of our daily lives since the 1990s, reflecting on how networked images increasingly interfere with and define our private and social behaviour. In the process, the artist duo dissects the opaque mechanisms of our networked society, its infrastructures and forms of online spectatorship – holding up a mirror to the viewer in a manner that is at the same time unsparing and darkly humorous. Fotomuseum Winterthur presents the artists’ first monographic exhibition in the museum context, showing new works that have been created for the purpose.