PHOTO: © Orejarena & Stein via Deichtorhallen


In the organizer's words:

This first European solo exhibition by the New York duo Andrea Orejarena (*1994, Colombia) and Caleb Stein (*1994, UK) presents photographic and filmic works that deal with practices of simulation and narratives of disinformation.

The artist duo Andrea Orejarena, cognitive scientist and photographer, and Caleb Stein, documentary photographer, are known for their conceptual documentary projects on individual perception and the collective construction of reality. Their work has been published in the New York Times, The Guardian, i-D Vice, Vogue Italia, and Wallpaper*, among others.

As a growing distrust in the distinction between reality and fiction characterizes our present, the duo has been exploring social media and photography since 2020. The result is an initial archive of over 1,500 photographs and current image forms that manifest the influence of conspiracy narratives on American society and individual perception.

In the installation American Glitch, this archive of photographic forms of "alternative facts" enters into a dialog with the landscape photographs by Orejarena & Stein, which document and decode the supposed locations of conspiracy theory events. By taking up traditions such as road trips and street photography, American Glitch interweaves continuities from American photographic history with the new phenomena of contemporary online culture.

Since their project Long Time No See (2018-2020), the duo has been working on the pressing question of what role photography can play in the interplay between perception and imagination today. Long Time No See was created together with young Vietnamese artists and veterans in Hanoi and traces the artistic examination of today's memories and consequences of the Vietnam War. In poetic portraits and landscape views, Long Time No See shows a visual search for traces of the nuances of dissonant historiographies and image forms between documentation and subjective perception.

The new exhibition series VIRAL HALLUCINATIONS addresses the field of tension of documentary strategies in a globally networked "post-truth era".

Curator: Nadine Isabelle Henrich, Curator Haus der Photographie

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Deichtorhallen HAMBURG GMBH
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