German photographer Michael Wolf (1954-2019) documented and marveled at the vernacular culture of the modern metropolis. Architecture of Density is a sprawling collection of colossal structures that can be found in Hong Kong. Charting the excessive repetition of rooms and blank windows, the photographs turn housing into a world of disillusioned abstraction. Devoid of landscape, the recognisable semantics of buildings are forgotten: concrete can be a material that consciously reproduces patterns organically and without limitation. Through cropping, he presents a different perspective of architecture as an entity that is free-flowing. Cities can continue to move in our imaginations as we attempt to visualise the size of them outside of the borders of the image. Wolf’s work has been exhibited at a number of locations including the Venice Biennale, the São Paulo Biennial for Architecture, Aperture Foundation, and MCA Chicago. www.photomichaelwolf.com.
Dusky pink clouds. Olive green skies. Cracked white walls and peeling paint. These are surreal dreamscapes by photographer Alizé Jireh.
Diffusion: Challenging Representation
Amak Mahmoodian is an Iranian photographer and curator whose work questions identity. Her latest series is on display at Diffusion Festival.