Marc Räder, »Scanscape«
»Scanscape is Utopia, a non-city, which dispenses with any culture and history, and which character can best be described with the word simulacrum: the morphology of an onion, that - after taken apart - shows, that it doesn't have a core, but simply exists of an accumulation of wrappers.« Marc Räder
With the series »Scanscape«, which was made in the middle of the nineties in California, the Gallery Parrotta shows works of the 1966 born, in Berlin living photographer Marc Räder. His photographs reflect the optional exclusion, standardisation and non-historiography of life in Gated Communities for middle and upper class people. By use of a partially depth of field Marc Räder succeeds in formally bringing out the artificiality of those cities, that they themselves take on the character of models, as we know from images of architectural models and dollhouses. The first fascination about the appearance of toy landscapes fall over in horror about the »reality« of those cities.
Marc Räder studied photography at the Folkwang-School in Essen/Germany as well at California College of Arts, San Francisco/USA. In 2000 he received the Krupp Scholarship Award for contemporary photography from the Folkwang Museum Essen. His photographs have been shown widely in Germany, Europe, America and Asia at places such as the Photographers Gallery, London, and Reis Engelorn Museums, Mannheim. His artwork is further included in private and public collections like the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Hallmark Photographic Collection and Sammlung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg. Räder has also released several books like 'Scanscape' (1999) or 'Mallorca - Island in Progress' which was recently published by Nazraeli Press, Portland (2007).
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