January 24 – March 1 2020
Gallery of Photography Ireland is delighted to present the premiere Irish showing of work by Catherine Leutenegger (b. 1983, Switzerland), a ‘photographic archaeologist’ fascinated by shifts in technology. This is also the first exhibition in our Contemporary Women’s Practice season, which will be ongoing throughout the year.
Leutenegger’s long-term body of work New Artificiality investigates the emergence and advancement of 3D printing, from nano to monumental scale, in numerous business sectors. She takes us to China, where a company has built one of the world’s largest 3D printers and is producing entire houses. Leutenegger also explores the way that this technology has been adopted by science, demonstrating how the line between real and virtual have become increasingly blurred in a post-digital, hyper-capitalist world.
Though this technology continues to move forward with seemingly limitless potential, 3D printing is still an experimental technology, with questions about reliability and stability, as well as its ethical implications. Leutenegger presents a view on some of these cutting-edge uses, confronting us with the quandary of how we humans will see ourselves when even body parts can be printed with the same ease and practicality as the elements of a building. But she is perhaps as much interested in the failures and distortions of the process as in its capacity to create functional new objects.
The exhibition has as its centrepiece an immersive installation of large-scale prints exploring 3D printed houses and the transformations in our relation to architectural space they presage. These new prints have been specially created by the artist in response to the Gallery of Photography’s unique layout. Also included is a selection from Leutenegger’s related series Welcome Home Baby. As with all her work, these incredibly realistic new-born simulations suggest something deeply uncanny in the experience of contemporary and question our relationship to substitutive objects.
Artist Bio: Catherine Leutenegger (b. 1983) is a visual artist based in Switzerland. She holds a BA and MA in Visual Communication/ Photography with First Class Honours from University of Art and Design/ ECAL. Her first book titled Hors-champ: Revealing Photographers’ Workspaces, was published by Infolio through the Manor Cultural Award 2006. She is the recipient of several major fellowships including: Swiss Federal Design Grants (2006 and 2008); the Raymond Weil International Photography Prize (2008) and the BCV Encouragement Prize (2006). In 2007 she took part of an artist residency program in New York and began her project,depicting the demise of the Kodak empire as a result of the digital revolution. In March 2014, her second book Kodak City was published by Kehrer Verlag with essays by A.D Coleman, Urs Stahel and Joerg Bader. Leutenegger’s photographs have been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Her work is also held in the collections of several public and private institutions.
About the Gallery: Founded in 1978, Gallery of Photography Ireland has established a reputation as one of Ireland’s leading cultural institutions. As the national centre for photography, our core mission is to provide a platform and a representative voice for the medium in Ireland. Though an exciting programme of exhibitions, talks and events we strive to develop a wider appreciation for everything that photography is and can be. We have Ireland’s largest photography bookshop and organize a wide range of workshops for all levels. To foster the development of photographic practice in Ireland the Gallery also provides darkrooms and digital printing facilities for hire at subsidized rates.