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John Coplans & Michael Schmidt

Press release


John Coplans & Michael Schmidt – The Lingering Drama of the Body

This exhibition brings together the work of two artists who’s photographic oeuvres challenge normative representations of the human body and lay bare a corporality that often remains obscured. In John Coplans’s "Self Portraits" (1984–2003) and Michael Schmidt's series "Frauen" (1997–99) the artists subvert the genre of the traditional portrait. Both artists worked with analogue black-and-white photography and share within their practice an uncompromising formal approach, a serial mode of working, as well as an idiosyncratic visual language. Above all, their practices inquire into the ever-shifting meaning, tone and cadence evoked by groupings and suites of individual images.