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Lecture by Naoya Hatakeyama
December 1, 2010 / 7pm
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Free and open to the public

Naoya Hatakeyama is widely considered one of the preeminent Japanese photographers of the last two decades. His immaculately composed photographs explore the conjunction of nature and civilization.

The link is created in his work through a study of the forms and layout of the urban environment, and a close look at the materials that comprise it, both in their source and end use. While his work deals exclusively with humankind’s creations, the landscapes and cityscapes are void of people, suggesting more of an archeological approach than sociological.




Lecture by Thomas Demand
November 12, 2010 / 7pm
California College of the Arts, San Francisco

Thomas Demand, born 1964 is a German studied with the sculptor Fritz Schwegler, who encouraged him to explore the expressive possibilities of architectural models at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where Bernd and Hilla Becher had recently taught photographers such as Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Candida Höfer. Like those artists, Demand makes mural-scale photographs, but instead of finding his subject matter in landscapes, buildings, and crowds, he uses paper and cardboard to reconstruct scenes he finds in images taken from various media sources. Once he has photographed his re-created environments—always devoid of figures but often displaying evidence of recent human activity—Demand destroys his models, further complicating the relationship between reproduction and original that his photography investigates.

Demand (born 1964) has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin, and he has represented Germany at the Venice Biennale and the Bienal de São Paulo. Demand lives and works in Berlin.