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Architecture beyond Symbols of Power

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Having spent a year at the Villa Massimo art institute in Rome, Hans-Christian Schink (born 1951) returned to Germany with two new series. One of them, titled E.U.R., is now showing at Frankfurt's Rothamel Gallery until 5 September 2015.

In 1938, a newly-built district of Rome was established under the name of Esposizione Universale di Roma – in short E.U.R. This was where Mussolini planned to hold the World Expo 1942, under the intended heading of Olimpiade della Civiltà.

A Democratic Perspective
Hans-Christian Schink approached the phenomenon of E.U.R. in an entirely new way. In his photographs, he resists the obvious temptations of monumental contours, imposing central perspectives and striking light-shadow effects. By shifting the vanishing point by just a few meters, or capturing the back rather than the front of a sculpture, he directs the viewer's attention to the trivial aspects of the grandiose build. In doing so, he offers a 'democratic' perspective that disperses the architecture's intended expression of power.

For further information visit Rothamel Galerie, HC Schink

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