The Lukas Hoffmann exhibition brings together two sets of images shot with a photographic chamber, using two distinct approaches. In several large-format polyptychs, the division of each motif on different surfaces results from a precise, calculated process. While the referent remains recognizable, the rigorous composition leads the subject to be erased behind its representation. In a series of images of people in the street, Hoffmann took a completely different direction. He still used a photographic chamber, but shot the motif freehand, spontaneously, and very close up, without looking through a viewfinder. In this way, he froze fleeting, contrasting poses and precisely captured skin, hair and clothing textures. Hoffmann’s works are complex representations of temporality—a characteristic of photography.
With the help of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques, annex14, Zurich, and Galerie C, Paris.
With support from the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia and the Canton of Zug, Switzerland.