Apr 8th 2010

Geissler/Sann: the real estate

@ Museum of Contemporary Photography

600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

Opening Thursday, April 8th, from 5PM - 7PM

On view through Sunday, May 23rd

The photographic series the real estate (2008/2009), by Chicago-based artists Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann, depicts homes in foreclosure, evoking the absence and loss of former homeowners with unembellished portraits of empty living space. Oliver Sann and Beate Geissler moved to Chicago from Germany in 2008 just as the economic downturn hit and home foreclosures became widespread across the economic spectrum. Sann and Geissler document homes in Chicago, usually after they have been vacated, in a straightforward manner, capturing both the stark emptiness and the traces of human occupation, from structural architecture to decorating choices. The homes they photograph range from those worth a few thousand dollars to 3.5 million-dollar mansions. Sann and Geissler install the real estate as a long row of images that are divided by frames, but connected by compositional elements defined by the architecture of the spaces depicted. In this way they invite the viewer to connect distinct spaces and different types of homes in a gesture that reflects the far-reaching effects of the current economic crisis.

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