Gregory Crewdson . In a Lonely Place
2 July to 4 September 2011
Opening Friday, 1 July 2011 . 7 pm
Anonymous American suburbs. There are homes strewn with garbage, streets devoid of life, train tracks overgrown with weeds, and fallen-down houses engulfed in flames. The traces of industrialization and civilization appear as ruins. Nature has taken over—but these places are neither idyllic nor romantic. People are shown almost impassively stumbling through menacing landscapes without any sense of orientation. Emptiness, loneliness, stasis, paranoia—the elaborately staged photographs of Crewdson turn the darker sides of the American dream inside out, enacting a fine line between normality and horror.
Crewdson’s large-format photographs are staged antinarratives. Embracing this broadly conceived approach to the art of narrative, Crewdson carries on the tradition of staged photography that emerged as one of the most important forms of contemporary photographic expression since Cindy Sherman and Jeff Wall. His work is also strongly influenced by the visual cosmos of the Hollywood film, particularly the themes and imagery of David Lynch and Steven Spielberg.
C/O Berlin will be presenting approximately 90 large-format photographs from the series "Fireflies" (1996), "Beneath the Roses" (2003 to 2007), and "Sanctuary" (2010). The Kulturhuset in Stockholm and The Royal Library/National Museum of Photography in Copenhagen are partners in the exhibition.