Thomas Struth is considered to be one of the most important photographers working today, and with a recent retrospective at the Whitechapel Gallery in 2011 and a huge show at The Metropolitan Museum in New York just come to a close, it is clear why. Struth is best known as a street photographer with highly constructed images, inspired by Bernd and Hilla Becher's documentary images of industrial sites. In this new exhibition of work at Marian Goodman, Struth focuses on the human condition, with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict as the overarching backdrop.
Marian Goodman | Thomas Struth
In his new show at the Marian Goodman Gallery London, Struth weaves together two recent series of photographs from completely opposing contexts. This Place records Struth's time travelling between Israel and Palestine (2009-2014), listening to the stories of people he met and capturing serendipitous moments of human experience rather than attempting to understand the epic nature of the conflict. Struth carefully takes no political allegiance, and refers instead to 'a particle of the conflict of the region'. Blockaded roads and impassable landscapes mark the long divisions in the region, emphasised further by Struth's fascinating portraits of two very different families. While the 7 Bedouin Abu Bilayya Brothers of the Azazma Tribe, Negev (2011) rest on traditional, patterned rugs beneath a loose tarpaulin, The Faez Family, Rehovot (2009) are dressed in westernised clothes and sit on the front porch of their modern home.
The other series of photographs at this Marian Goodman exhibition take inspiration from scientific and technological research facilities in California, including The Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena and Armstrong Flight Research Centre in Edwards.
A rare chance to see this fascinating German photographer in London, don't miss Thomas Struth's provocative images at Marian Goodman this spring.
Opening reception: Wednesday 29 April 6 -8pm
|What||Thomas Struth, Marian Goodman Gallery|
Marian Goodman Gallery
5-8 Lower John Street, London, W1F 9DY | MAP
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
29 Apr 15 – 06 Jun 15, Tue - Sat, 10am - 6pm
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