Thomas Demand

Neue Nationalgalerie

The method Thomas Demand has been using since the early 1990s to produce his often large-scale color photographs has become well-known: The Berlin-based artist and his team generally begin with press photographs, which they use as starting points for constructing detailed replicas of interiors, historical moments, public spaces, nameless buildings, and natural scenery. Demand then photographs these models, labels them with the most generic titles imaginable, and mounts them behind reflective Plexiglas via the Diasec process. These static tableaux are invariably missing certain details of their originals; there are never any actors on the scene, and all writing, signs, and other references that might allow for the immediate identification of the circumstances and contexts of these motifs are eliminated. Both the conception and production of Demand’s photographs are indebted to a dialectic

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