The exhibition PRUNE � abstracting reality focuses on the complex but intriguing relationship between realism and abstraction in contemporary photography. The exhibition includes only photographic work that is based on reality but which depicts this reality with a greater or lesser degree of abstraction. On show in the exhibition is work that first and foremost can be appreciated for its abstract, formal qualities, such as form, colour and composition. Only afterward does the viewer recognise the subject rendered in the work. Then the viewer becomes aware of an underlying story and the concept employed by the photographer. Usually it is the information in the caption which compels the viewer to relate to the work in a new way.
The exhibition emphasises that abstraction of reality is always present in photography and that there often is an underlying story which only reveals itself indirectly. The exhibition includes work by Roger Ballen, Walead Besthy, Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin, Lisa Oppenheim, Julian Faulhaber, Luke Gilford, Idris Khan, Thomas Ruff, Horacio Salinas and Elliott Wilcox. It has been produced by guest curator Kathy Ryan, photo editor of The New York Times Magazine, in cooperation with Foam.