Marking the opening of Art Cologne 2015, Galerie Thomas Zander prepared two not-to-be-missed shows by two established artists, Danny Lyon and Santiago Sierra. Through photography, video and installation, the artists are dedicated to questioning what’s wrong with society, pointing out the burning issues and raising awareness on things that need to be changed. Santiago Sierra will also bring the work entitled 483 Hours of Work, a 4 x 4 x 4 meter black concrete cube, presented by Galerie Thomas Zander and Galeria Helga de Alvear. The piece will be installed in front of the Art Cologne fair building.
Danny Lyon is perhaps best known for his involvement in New Journalism movement during the early 1960s. Combining the principles of photography and journalism, the artist documented the American prison system through a series of more than seventy images. Taken between 1967 and 1969, Danny Lyon showed the everyday life of inmates in the Southern States, having been granted permission to infiltrate and live the experiences first hand for fourteen months. The black and white photographs show the intimate relationship between the photographer and his subjects that goes beyond the traditional notions of the objective photojournalism, addressing the issues of social inequality. This emotional series was first published in 1971, together with letters, interviews, narratives and artworks made by the prisoners. The exhibition at Galerie Thomas Zander will also show Danny Lyon’s more recent work - 30-minute film Murderers (2002), which tells the story of five convicted men in three US states.
For his first solo exhibition at Galerie Thomas Zander, Spanish artist Santiago Sierra will showcase the works created between 1999 and 2015, exploring the ideas of Conceptual Art. Working with various artistic mediums, he highlights the controversies of countries around the world. On view for the first time in Germany there will be his installation Three Black Vehicles with the Engine Running Inside an Art Gallery, which premiered in Venezuela in 2008. The work draws attention to the pollution and bad working conditions in a capitalist society. The exhibition will show the video of Santiago Sierra’s well-known 1999 performance 250 cm Line Tattooed on 6 Paid People, as well as The Penetrated from 2008 and The Corridor of People’s House from 2005, filmed in Spain and Romania respectively.
Danny Lyon was born in 1942 in Brooklyn, USA. He is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker whose solo shows were held at institutions like the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. Santiago Sierra was born in 1966 in Spain. Many of his works include paid models put in unusual positions that draw attention to some of the biggest problems of today’s society.
The two exhibitions of these two artists will open on April 17th at Galerie Thomas Zander in Cologne Germany. While Danny Lyon: Conversations with the Dead will end on May 31st, 2015, the Santiago Sierra show runs through June 6th.
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Slider images: Santiago Sierra - 586 Hours of Work. 400 x 400 x 400 cm. Photo Plaza de las Veletas, Caceres, Spain, April 2004
Santiago Sierra - 250 cm Line Tattooed On 6 Paid People, Havana, Cuba, 1999. 30 x 41 inch, 75 x 105 cm
Images courtesy of Galerie Thomas Zander