November 7, 2015 - March 20, 2016

Katharina Gaenssler

Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015

MOMA, New York


New Photography, MoMA’s longstanding exhibition series of recent work in photography, returns this fall in an expanded, biannual format. On the occasion of its 30th anniversary, New Photography is expanding to 19 artists and artist collectives from 14 countries, and includes works made specifically for this exhibition.

Probing the effects of an image-based post-Internet reality, Ocean of Images examines various ways of experiencing the world: through images that are born digitally, made with scanners or lenses in the studio or the real world, presented as still or moving pictures, distributed as zines, morphed into three-dimensional objects, or remixed online. The exhibition’s title refers to the Internet as a vortex of images, a site of piracy, and a system of networks. Ocean of Images presents bodies of work that critically redefine photography as a field of experimentation and intellectual inquiry, where digital and analog, virtual and real dimensions cross over. These artists explore contemporary photo-based culture, specifically focusing on connectivity, the circulation of images, information networks, and communication models.

Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, MoMA will also launch an online platform featuring selections from the archive of the New Photography series, including documents and images from the series' 30-year history.

The artists included are:
Ilit Azoulay (Israeli, b. 1972) 
Zbyněk Baladrán (Czech, b. 1973) 
Lucas Blalock (American, b. 1978) 
Edson Chagas (Angolan, b. 1977) 
Natalie Czech (German, b. 1976) 
DIS (Collective, founded U.S., 2010) 
Katharina Gaenssler (German, b. 1974) 
David Hartt (Canadian, b. 1967) 
Mishka Henner (Belgian, b. 1976) 
David Horvitz (American, b. 1982) 
John Houck (American, b. 1977) 
Yuki Kimura (Japanese, b. 1971) 
Anouk Kruithof (Dutch, b. 1981) 
Basim Magdy (Egyptian, b. 1977) 
Katja Novitskova (Estonian, b. 1984) 
Marina Pinsky (Russian, b. 1986) 
Lele Saveri (Italian, b. 1980) 
Indrė Šerpytytė (Lithuanian, b. 1983) 
Lieko Shiga (Japanese, b. 1980)

Organized by Quentin Bajac, The Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz Chief Curator of Photography, Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator, and Lucy Gallun, Assistant Curator, Department of Photography.

Major support for the exhibition is provided by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.

Generous funding is provided by David Dechman and Michel Mercure.
Additional support is provided by Courtney Finch Taylor and by the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund.


PANEL DISCUSSION, Monday, November 2, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015, and on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the signature New Photography series, this panel addresses the history and impact of the series and the state of photography in the early 21st century. Participants include curators Quentin Bajac, Roxana Marcoci, and Lucy Gallun; artists Ilit Azoulay, Lucas Blalock, David Hartt, and Katja Novitskova; and artist collective DIS.

Image: Katharina Gaenssler. Model for Bauhaus Staircase. 2015, Model for Bauhaus Staircase. 2015. Site-specific photo installation (work in progress). Laser prints and wall paper paste, 12' 5" × 32" (378.5 × 975.4 cm). © 2015 Katharina Gaenssler and Barbara Gross Gallery, Munich, Germany

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