10 September – 29 October 2011
The Face of Another
This exhibition certainly has a few surprises in store for those already familiar with Martin Dammann’s work, even though the artist does not depart from his favoured means of expression (watercolours, photography and video), and his paintings do not use templates different from his characteristic photographs, which are (usually) taken from anonymous archives. Here, too, pictures form the starting point of his artistic investigation, which is shaped by a preoccupation with the supposed validity (one might say “truth”), reproduction and history of photographs, their development and transition into another medium.
However, this time the artist gives the impression of having distanced himself somewhat from his usual sources (photographs of both World Wars), for we see fewer uniforms and fewer groups of soldiers posing proudly in front of the lens. The watercolours exhibited here show naked men standing in the snow, a young woman pulling her bikini top into place, people lying in a meadow. Abruptly the question arises whether these testaments are old or recent shots: the storm of war has passed, the artist’s world seems at peace. […] Thibaut de Ruyter