This Is Me, This Is You

Museum Brandhorst
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© Evelyn Hofer, Girl with bicycle, Dublin, 1966

The exhibition "This Is Me, This Is You" provides the public with a first glimpse into an internationally significant photo collection that has grown over four decades. The generous donation of the Eva Felten Photography Collection enlarges the Museum Brandhorst inventory by 429 works by more than 140 artists from the 1930s to the present day.

The donation marks a historic moment in the history of the museum, whose collection it not only decisively enlarges, but also enriches with the medium of photography, a central practice of 20th and 21st century art. It thus also closes a gap at Museum Brandhorst, which since its opening in 2009 has grown into one of the most important museums for contemporary art in Germany."This Is Me, This Is You" brings together renowned positions in the history of photography from Robert Frank, Evelyn Hofer, Gordon Parks to Isaac Julien, Sherrie Levine, Richard Prince, Zoe Leonard, Arthur Jafa and LaToya Ruby Frazier. In a selection of some 140 works, it addresses the complex relations of the gaze in photography, reflecting on questions of intimacy and desire as well as on power relations and structural inequalities inscribed in the medium. The exhibition is titled after a work by Roni Horn. With "This Is Me, This Is You" (1997-2002), the U.S. artist created a key work that raises questions about the fleetingness of identity as well as the presence of photographers within her works.With her striking statement "Where you look from is always half the picture," U.S. artist Zoe Leonard (*1961) got to the heart of how central the historical, social and physical perspective of the photographer and the viewer is for the interpretation of art. The encounter with photography is thus not only an encounter with the people depicted, but also with the photographers themselves. Based on this observation, the exhibition “This Is Me, This Is You” is dedicated to various pictorial strategies of photography in seven thematic chapters.

Museum Brandhorst
Munich
Germany
October 19, 2023
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April 7, 2024
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