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09.06.2010

 

Colour me softly... photographer Larry Sultan on display at kestnergesellschaft - from Californian suburbs, family relationships and the porn film industry

The kestnergesellschaft presents a large-scale exhibition of three central picture series by Larry Sultan (1946-2009), one of the most important figures in conceptual American photography.

The ‘Pictures from Home’, ‘The Valley’ and ‘Homeland’ series reflect life in the Californian suburbs. San Fernando Valley, located just behind Los Angeles, is where Larry grew up and acts as the setting for the majority of his artistic work.

He promotes the idyllic places of personal memories with a social and socio-political range of topics.

Pictures from Home (1984-1992) was originally published as an artist book and is a combination of a family album, diary, photographs, super 8 film stills and writing and exposes the background of his family relationship.

Originally a politically motivated exploration of the family image during the Reagan era, ‘Pictures from Home’ unfolds to become a poetic story of the boundaries between documentary and private photography.

The Valley (1998-2004) explores the film locations of the Californian porn film industry, which rents middle class American homes for film productions. The focus doesn’t lie on the moral review of pornography, instead it is interested in using domestic suburban life as a symbolically charged setting for ideals.

His most recent series, Homeland (2006-2009), deals with the myth of the Californian landscape and its settlement. He collaborates with day labourers in picturesque and painterly photographs, accompanying them as they offer their services outside shopping centres.

The series questions themes of ownership, identity and homeland. Who does a country belong to? In his work, Sultan uses California as a metaphoric prism to reflect global themes, which are covered in different ways, subjects include: work, lust, ownership, leisure time and last but not least, homeland.

Larry Sultan had come up with the essential parts of the exhibition before his unexpected death in December 2009.


Larry Sultan | Katherine Avenue
11 June until 22 August 2010
kestnergesellschaft, Goseriede 11, 30159 Hannover/Germany
the Larry Sultan | Katherine Avenue catalogue is published by Steidl-Verlag (dt.| engl.)
approx. 150 pages with text by Larry Sultan, an introduction by Veit Görner and an essay by Martin Germann
Daily 11:00 – 18:00
Thursdays 11:00 – 20:00
Closed on Mondays and 12 August 2010

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue

Kestner Gesellschaft : Larry Sultan - Katherine Avenue