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Aglaia Konrad

°1960, Saltzburg (AT) - lives and works in Brussels (BE)

Over the last twenty years, Aglaia Konrad has systematically investigated the development of the global metropolis, the expansion of urban agglomerations and the rise of the mega-city in locations as diverse as Sao Paulo, Beijing, Chicago, Dakar, and Cairo. Her practice, which is based on extensive on-site research and an ever-expanding archive of visual material, primarily deploys photography, video, slide projection and large scale photographic installations of blown up photocopies or silkscreens, as well as the publication of artists books in the form of photographic visual essays.

Konrad is interested in probing the social, economic, historical and political parameters that inform and underlie architecture and urbanism, as much as she in interested in exploring the physical presence of architecture and building types, particularly those of modernist genealogy. At the same time she has also examined the infrastructure and sprawling urban networks that cities depend upon - from motorways and junctions, to airports, tunnels, and bridges - drawing our attention to the complex system of signs and codes embedded therein. Focusing on the physical fabric of the urban built environment and the hyper-city, her lens-based practice meticulously captures and transcribes its viral quality and alienating sense of the spectacular, while always maintaining an objective distance.

Courtesy of Galerie Nadja Vilenne

Aglaia Konrad became well-known through documenta X and Manifesta 9. Next to solo exhibitions at M Museum, Leuven; Museum of Contemporary Art, Siegen; DeSingel, Antwerp; and Camera Austria, Graz; she participated in an array of meaningful exhibitions dealing with the city as a theme: Cities on the Move, 1998 and 1999 in Bordeaux, New York, London, Helsinki, and Vienna; Metro>Polis, Brussels, 2000; Shanghai Biennale, 2000; Future Cities in Canada, 2004; KOPIE CITY in the Kunsthaus Graz, Austria, 2004; Spectacular City. Photographing the Future in NAI – Nederlands Architectuur Instituut Rotterdam/Artforum North Rhein-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, 2006/2007. In 1997 the artist was awarded the Otto Mauer Prize of Vienna, in 2003 the Camera Austria Prize of Graz, and in 2007 the Albert-Renger-Patzsch-Prize of the Dietrich Oppenberg Foundation and Photography Collection. Many of her publications have been awarded with prizes.

Aglaia Konrad is represented by the following gallery;
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Galerie Nadja Vilenne, Liège

Galerie Raum mit Licht, Vienna 

works by Aglaia Konrad