The Stutter of History
From 14 February to 28 May 2023
Jeu de Paume – Paris
Thomas Demand. The Stutter of History is the first major retrospective of Thomas Demand in France, it presents 60 works (photographs, films and wallpapers), covering the major aspects of Demand’s work.
What would a history painting look like for a world saturated in images? Something like the work of Thomas Demand.
Thomas Demand has spent the last two and a half decades bringing together his talents as both a sculptor and a photographer in an attempt to capture the uncanny stutter of history that lies at the root of our contemporary image culture. Demand’s images may appear to depict the real world but upon closer inspection they resonate with a fragile similitude that belies the fact that they are actually photographs of his handmade three-dimensional sculptural recreations of found images culled from the media.
After choosing his source images, Demand uses colored paper and cardboard to painstakingly reconstruct the spaces that they depict in three dimensions at a one to one scale. He then photographs these scenarios and subsequently destroys his models leaving behind only the ghostly photographic doppelgänger.