Thomas Demand is renown for his large-scale photographic and film works that seemingly present themselves as anonymous testimonies of various scenes and incidents. Often based upon citations of major media sources including photographic documentation and film footage of historical and political events, Demand reconstructs the scenes in question as life-size models through the appropriation of coloured paper and cardboard, and ultimately re-presents them in mediated form within the context of still and moving images. Images that were once intended as a mere means to communicate reality, in itself behave as embodiments of the real world through the instant manner in which they are disseminated and distributed throughout the globe via media coverage and the internet. The works of Demand inspects the power and functionality of the image and eloquently suggests our contemporary condition –one that is inevitably dominated by renditions of reality captured through the image.
Demand was born in 1964 in Munich, and currently lives and works in Berlin and Los Angeles. His recent solo exhibitions including: the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2014); the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2012); Neue Nationalegalerie, Berlin (2009); Center for Contemporary Art, Kitakyushu (2008); Fondazione Prada, Venice (2007); Serpentine Gallery, London (2006); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2005); São Paolo Biennale (2004, German Pavilion); Fondation Cartier, Paris (2000); with participation in group exhibitions including: Architecture Biennale, Venice (2010 and 2008); “Waiting for Video: Works from the 1960s to Today”, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2009); 7th Gwangju Biennale (2008); “Zwischen Wirklichkeit und Bild”, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (2005); and 50th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2003).