Zachary Formwalt employs photography and film to investigate economic and social history. While his works cast light on historical events, they are at the same time an inquiry into the quality and origins of still and moving images. A recurrent concern in Formwalt’s work is that material outcomes of economic and social processes, such as architectural constructions, can be captured and visualized, while the economic processes underlying these outcomes remain elusive.
The video work unsupported transit is set on a construction site in Shenzhen, the first of China’s Special Economic Zones, where a new stock exchange designed by Rem Koolhaas’s Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) is now being built. On this site, a story is told that begins with Eadweard Muybridge’s (1830-1904) early sequential photographs and a commissioned work he carried out for Leland Stanford (1824-1893) before the famous horse pictures were produced. The mechanism by which the images in the film were produced becomes clearer as the story moves on to a description of time-lapse photography and what Karl Marx described as the “abbreviated form of capital” – a form that makes capital appear to move of its own accord.
Zachary Formwalt (1979, Georgia, USA) studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. In 2008 and 2009 he was a resident at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. He has had solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle, Basel (2009) and ar/ge kunst Galerie Museum, Bolzano (2011) He has participated in group exhibitions such asMonumentalism at Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2010), The End of Money at Witte de With, Rotterdam (2011) and Homo Economicus at Cabinet Gallery, London (2012).