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Marianne Mueller, Mirrors, 2017, mirrors. Installation view. Photo: Marianne Mueller.

Marianne Mueller

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Marianne Mueller, Mirrors, 2017, mirrors. Installation view. Photo: Marianne Mueller.

Photography has the peculiar capacity to show how things feel, thanks to peculiarly photographic ways of distorting the way things look. That, I guess, is what Garry Winogrand was talking about when he spoke of wanting to see “what things look like photographed.” Marianne Mueller seems to rephrase this idea: “Photography because the pictures I see don’t exist.” The camera’s cyclopean eye creates appearances that deviate from those supplied by natural binocular vision, and through those differences photography creates metaphors we recognize as “true.” That’s what Mueller does with her photographs, and when she weaves them into an installation, as she did with her exhibition “False Ground,” the Zurich-based artist gives photography’s emotionally resonant transmutation of the real a further twist, showing reality itself as a three-dimensional but deceptive image.

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