TILBURG.- De Pont museum of contemporary art
is hosting the first European survey of the oeuvre of US photographer Philip-‐Lorca diCorcia. Born in 1951, diCorcia is one of the most important and influential contemporary photographers. His images oscillate between everyday elements and arrangements that are staged down to the smallest detail. In his works, seemingly realistic images that are taken with an ostensibly documentary eye are undermined by their highly elaborate orchestration. This exhibition is organized in collaboration with Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.
One of the primary issues that diCorcia addresses is the question of whether it is possible to depict reality, and this is what links his photographs, most of which he creates as series. For Hustlers (19901992), for example, he took pictures of male prostitutes in meticulously staged settings, while in what is probably his most famous series, Heads (20002001), he captured an instant in the everyday lives of unsuspecting passers-‐by. Alongside the series Streetwork (19931999), Lucky 13 (2004) and A Storybook Life (19751999), the exhibition at De Pont, which was organized in close collaboration with the artist, also presents works from his new and ongoing East of Eden (2008) project for the first time.
In addition, the work Thousand (2007) is also on show in Tilburg. This installation consisting of 1,000 Polaroids, which are considered one complete work, offers a distinctive vantage point into the artists sensibility and visual preoccupations. Seen alongside Polaroids from some of diCorcias most recognized bodies of work and distinctive series Hustlers, Streetwork, Heads, Lucky Thirteen are intimate scenes with friends, family members, and lovers; self-portraits; double-‐exposures; test shots from commercial and fashion shoots; the ordinary places of everyday life, such as airport lounges, street corners, bedrooms; and still life portraits of common objects, including clocks and lamps.