Photo Paolo Sfriso. Courtesy Fondazione Prada
7 Jun – 7 Jul 2007

Fondazione Prada presents at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice a project by the German artist Thomas Demand (Munich, 1964), well known for his complex and disquieting images who has drawn the attention of the international art world for his innovative use of photography. Curated by Germano Celant, the exhibition consists of two large installations.

“Yellowcake” (2007) is composed of a series of new photographs exploring a place in Rome that was instrumental to US intervention in Iraq. The title Yellowcake refers to its technical meaning: yellowcake denotes a concentrated form of uranium, which when enriched may be used to make nuclear weapons.

The second installation, entitled Processo Grottesco (2007), refers to the theme of the grotto, a sculpture on which the artist worked for more than two years. In 2006, in order to realize the photographic work Grotto, Thomas Demand used a postcard as the starting point to recreate a grotto on the island Maiorca. Using 30 tons of grey cardboard, shaped by a computer and laid out to form a stratification with 900,000 sections, the artist reproduced the rock chamber, stalactites and stalagmites, and then photographed the work. In Processo Grottesco (Grotesque Process) Demand sets documentary materials including postcards, books, tour guides, catalogue illustrations, various advertisements and the titanic reconstruction of the Spanish grotto alongside the photograph of Grotto. The artist allows visitors to explore the creative process that led to the realization of the photograph, opening a window onto the way the artwork has been transformed over the course of time through continuous investigation.

Venue of the exhibition: Fondazione Giorgio Cini, San Giorgio Maggiore Island, Venice