Smoke and Mirrors, documents television and cinema production spaces. These places create so much of our collective reality. Kur's photographs present the apparatus, facilities and machinery of stage sets; their intrinsic strangeness and 'separate reality' by focussing on the concealed aspects of these locations, rather than their high profile users. The images reveal the immense hidden landscapes of production behind the spectacles that greet us as we scan the television channels. The fabrication of this imagery - its mediation or construction of a reality in complete accord with our expectations - is completely foreign. Despite the attempts, especially of reality shows, to feature more and more their own means of production, we are increasingly unable to reconcile the actual circumstances of filming with what we consume.
born Germany, 1975. studied visual arts at UDK Berlin & Brighton University and Critical Theory at Birkbeck College. In her work Kur has adopted multiple positions on photography she is more concerned with its performative than indexical aspects. She is currently investigating the clinical approach of police documentation images and the use of remote imaging devices to probe the boundaries of private space and our uncertain relationship with the state in the security-afflicted culture of the 21st century.
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