Zurich

Troy Brauntuch

Mai 36 Galerie

Untitled (Home), an unremarkable photograph from the backyard, a shot so casual it seems to have been chanced on, becomes in Troy Brauntuch’s hands a disturbing examination of the mediated nature of Images. The theme of the exhibition was expounded and an everyday melodrama was thoroughly explained even in the work’s reproduction on the invitation card: In the foreground of the yard, we see the cat’s food bowl; in the background, a dead bird lying on its back by a porch step. But the seemingly obvious causal connection was then called into question in other images in the exhibition (all works 2000). Untitled (Mickey), for instance, shows the cat as voyeur in the window. Another image, Untitled (Feather), shows feathers of a different bird in the grass. Who plucked whom? Why, and for what purpose? And most important: How can we know anything about these occurrences?

The exhibition approached—from

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