Rome

Matthias Hoch

Studio d’arte contemporanea Pino Casagrande

The spaces and functional structures of daily life in postindustrial society—facades of buildings, street intersections, the suburban periphery—are Matthias Hoch’s chosen themes, and from the time he began working, in 1988, the title of each of his photographs has been, simply, the name of the city where it was shot. There is no human presence, as if these places had been abandoned in haste, at the sound of an alarm warning of an imminent aerial bombardment. Sometimes the images of these non-places (to use a famous expression coined by the sociologist Marc Augé) evoke the squalor and psychological and social desolation of everyday life in the overwhelming anonymity typical of today’s cities. And it is precisely through portraying this sort of wasteland that Hoch succeeds in clearly separating the utilitarian functionality of these buildings and spaces from their form. As a result, the form

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