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Viktoria Binschtok * 1972 in Moscou, lives in Berlin

In her work Viktoria Binschtok questions the medium and its codes. She starts from the acknowledgement that a photograph is not a representation of reality, just a reference. In 2002, for example, she was buying globes on the internet and exhibiting them in their shipping carton while showing only photos of the globes that are posted on eBay. With World as a Detail, she continues to make use of the internet, Google Street View to be precise, as her prime purveyor of images. Counter [...]

In her work Viktoria Binschtok questions the medium and its codes. She starts from the acknowledgement that a photograph is not a representation of reality, just a reference. In 2002, for example, she was buying globes on the internet and exhibiting them in their shipping carton while showing only photos of the globes that are posted on eBay. With World as a Detail, she continues to make use of the internet, Google Street View to be precise, as her prime purveyor of images. Countering the platitude of downloaded images, which she enlarges as black-and-white prints in the usual format of street photography, Binschtok goes to the very site in question to lend her shots a depth that bears no comparison with Google Street View images.

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