Robert Heinecken: Lessons in Posing Subjects
In his early works, Robert Heinecken challenges the idea that photographic images are transparent windows onto the world. Instead, he tackles their materiality in order to make manifest the latent content of mass media: war, violence, pornography, sexuality, consumerism, etc.
According to the artist, "the photograph is not a picture of something but an object about something." (...) Heinecken belongs to a generation of artists who were inured to the factory of Hollywood dreams and who used photography to thwart the myths and illusions that this media participated in creating. (Devrim Bayar)
This book presents the series Lessons in Posing Subjects which Robert Heinecken created in 1981-1982 and reproduced here in its entirety for the first time. Playing with the reality effect inherent to instant photographs, Heinecken re-contextualizes in this series images found in mail order catalogues, which he juxtaposes with ironic texts.
Lessons in Posing Subjects was published on the occasion of the exhibition Robert Heinecken, Lessons in Posing Subjects.
WIELS, Brussels > 16 May - 17 August 2014
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool > 7 November 2014 - 11 January 2015
Fri Art, Kunsthalle Fribourg > 26 February - 3 May 2015
Author: Devrim Bayar
Editor: Emiliano Battista
Publishers: WIELS & Triangle Books
Spiral-bound, 340 x 250 mm
Edition of 1000