Aglaia Konrad

Frehrking Wiesehöfer

In “Her City,” Aglaia Konrad’s first solo exhibition in Germany, the artist—who was born in Salzburg and lives in Brussels—skillfully combined an engagement with the standardized architectures of modernism, urban edge zones, transitory spaces, and rapidly expanding megacities with a conscious shift of perspective, a mobilization of the viewer’s gaze. Thus, in Fault Fold (Cairo), 2005, a twenty-foot-tall digital black-and-white photocopy glued directly to the wall and stretched over parts of the ceiling, two very different perspectives meet: The camera’s POV—a bird’s-eye view of high-rises in Cairo that, from this angle, look rather like models—is counteracted by the upward-looking perspective one must inevitably experience when looking at a photo tapestry that extends up to and onto the ceiling. Konrad engages in refined play with the viewpoints prescribed in the photographs and the

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