Fotomuseum Winterthur

Zoe Leonard — Photographs

For more than twenty years, the American artist Zoe Leonard (born in 1961, in Liberty, New York) has been practicing the art of the contemplative journey and the perceptive gaze. She trawls through nature and culture, through the (urban) landscape and the world of museums, in search of signs that might give some insight into their contrasts, similarities and inter-relationships. In her photographs, as we look down at the Niagara Falls, we see the rushing waters pour into a massive cleft in the earth’s crust; we see railway tracks sweeping across the globe; we see the patterns of modern urban existence, work and life pressed into right angles and tubes. We find ourselves looking at maps and anatomical models, peering into showcases, museums and shops, watching the gender struggle, the structure of thought and memory, made aware of the balance between photographic material and photographic seeing. Zoe Leonard’s predominantly black-and-white photographs are like a blurred cartography of the human condition. Her idiosyncratic gaze finds photographs that are subversive in their questioning, casual in their approach, incisive in what they reveal; they are photographs that are cast aside and later reprised until the point at which the form of the photographic image is resolved. In other words, until the view, the subject matter and the theme are combined in their entirety, until they are almost melded together.

This exhibition of the Fotomuseum Winterthur is the first to present Zoe Leonard’s complete oeuvre since the late 1970s. Curator of the exhibition: Urs Stahel.

Main sponsor of the exhibition: Hulda und Gustav Zumsteg-Stiftung, Zurich.
We would like to thank the main sponsor, the Ringier AG, Zurich, the Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art, Lausanne, and John and Deborah Ferreira, London, for their generous financial support of the project.

Sunday, 2 December, 11.30 a.m.: Public talk with Zoe Leonard (in English).

Publication on the exhibition: Zoe Leonard — Photographs.
Edited by Urs Stahel, published by Fotomuseum Winterthur and Steidl, Göttingen. With texts by Svetlana Alpers, Elisabeth Lebovici and Urs Stahel. 264 pages, 134 Triton- and 73 colour illustrations, format 24 x 30 cm, hardcover with dust jacket. (German edition of the book: Zoe Leonard — Fotografien)

Unil 10 February 2007 (Collection rooms):
The Stamp of Fantasy — The Visual Inventiveness of Photographic Postcards

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