More than Meets the Eye at Goethe-Institut in Hong Kong is an exhibition that brings together two photographers, one from Germany: Florian Merkel, and one from Cameroon: Samuel Fosso. Combining both opens the opportunity of an intercultural view on both photographers beyond cultural differences.
The exhibition is a first collaboration between Goethe-Institut Hongkong and Deutsche Bank. The works are drawn from the Deutsche Bank Collection. In this video, we have a look at the exhibition and meet with Michael Müller-Verweyen, the director of the Goethe-Institute, who talks about the goals of the institute, the current exhibition, and future projects.
The exhibition at the Goethe-Institut Hongkong during the period of the Hong Kong International Art Fair will be extended by showing more works at the Deutsche Bank VIP Lounge at the Fair. The exhibition at Goethe-Institut runs until June 12, 2010.
The show at the Goethe-Institut Hongkong presents all in all 17 photographs from Florian Merkel and Samuel Fosso. Born at the beginning of the 60s and grown up under significantly different circumstances, one in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the other on the West African Continent, in Cameroon, both follow the same photographic strategy. Both work with arranged photography. In 1996 that Fosso was featured in a comprehensive review of African photography from 1940 to the present at the Guggenheim Museum in New York (‘In/sight: African Photographers, 1940 to the Present’). The curator at that time was Okwui Enwezor who later became the curator of documenta 11, in 2002 in Kassel.
More than Meets the Eye / Goethe-Institut Hongkong, Hong Kong / China. Opening reception, May 25, 2010.
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