Thomas Albdorf at Belfast ExposedGallery 1
2nd Jun 2022 to 16th Jul 2022
About The Exhibition
Belfast Exposed is delighted to present a selection of three bodies of work by Vienna-based conceptual artist Thomas Albdorf. This exhibition forms part of the Belfast Photo Festival 2022.
Albdorf’s work sits at the intersection between photography and sculpture. The narratives behind the works are like shifting perceptions, and a decontextualisation caused by internet interference. He conceives photography as a chain of decisions that range from the objects or subject’s staging to post-processing and a potentially final print, creating a space of possibilities and probabilities, primarily enabled via digital post-production.
Albdorf combines classic photographic genres with contemporary visual techniques. His landscapes and still-lifes are boldly aesthetic, but his use of the photographic medium is highly conceptual. Using both analogue and digital technology, Albdorf constructs fictional realities from photographs of persistent visual clichés found online. Albdorf typically submits his constructions to image recognition software to see if the program could be tricked into identifying his fictions as ‘real’.
Deirdre Robb, Belfast Exposed CEO said:
'Thomas Albdorf is a cutting-edge contemporary artist who works challenge us to seek an understanding of reality or fiction. Through new age technologies, combined with objects and scenarios, he is pushing the role of photography and people's expectation of it'.
Thomas Albdorf was born in Linz, Upper Austria in 1982. After working for several years as a Graphic Designer and Art Director, he studied Transmedia Art at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, where he graduated in 2013. He was selected as one of 30 international „Artists to Watch“ by British Journal of Photography in 2014; he won the UNSEEN Amsterdam Talent Award in 2016. His work has been exhibited throughout galleries all over Europe, and he has been featured / interviewed in magazines and blogs like FOAM Magazine, British Journal of Photography, It’s Nice That, Phaidon UK, Computer Arts Magazine and many more. He currently lives and works in Vienna, Austria.
Thursday 2nd June 2022 | Belfast Exposed - Gallery I
The selection is part of the Belfast Photo Festival 2022.