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Truth is Dead

Hosted by the Consul of the Cologne Architecture and Landscape Group
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Took place 1 month ago
Sun 16 Apr 14:00 - 18:00

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As a society, we are obsessed with the lives of celebrities: stars are hounded by the paparazzi and the tabloids follow their every step. The once private sphere has become a public spectacle; the lives of others are packaged as a consumable product. We ask ourselves: What is real and what is staged? And is this distinction even still relevant? In Protected content , British photographer Alison Jackson gave her drastic view: “The truth is dead. Nothing we are shown can be trusted, everything can be faked and nothing is authentic. What does this knowledge do to us?”

Jackson’s images are acts of deception, imitation, provocation, proving that we cannot trust our own eyes when it comes to photography.

But perhaps her fabrications also represent a deeper, even more radical truth: as they grapple with the fraught relationship between the private and the public, they invariably reflect the longings and illusions of their audience.

Sometimes hyperreal, obscene, or titillating, these photographic parodies are always entertaining and humorous.