Substrat 16 I, 2002
287 x 186 cm
Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Rivoli-Turin
Organized by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev
March 18 – June 21, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009 – 11.30 a.m.
Piazza Mafalda di Savoia,
10098 Rivoli (Torino),
tel. +39/011.9565222 – 9565280
Ruff has always treated photography with skepticism: for him, the photographic surface is a thin foil which tricks the viewer with its illusion of extreme realism and at the same time reveals the fundamental impossibility of directly experiencing the world today. Ruff’s images emphatically deny photography’s main attribute – that is, the offer of a reliable record of reality. Instead, through his mute images devoid of all emotion, Ruff presents us with a contemporary subjectivity defined by amnesia and electronic impulses.
“One of the dominant characteristics of Ruff’s art, says Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, is his use of classification, or more precisely his use of the series in his working methodology. But Ruff does not attempt to categorize his subjects exhaustively, nor does he draw any conclusions. Rather, this is a collection of useless samples without any scope. Each classification creates a form of order, a formal organization, and in Ruff all that remains is this formal organization. His gaze is without quality, ideology, action or consequence, and is cast in all directions. Ruff’s art may not include everything, but it concerns everything, and our need to have everything.”
The exhibition is accompanied by a 300-page catalogue published by SKIRA, with new essays by the curator, Daniel Birnbaum and Giorgio Verzotti.
On Tuesday, March 17th, 2009 at 6 p.m., a public conversation between the artist and Giorgio Verzotti will be held at the museum.
For more information
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