The Unknown

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Milla Jovovich, Karen Elson, Downtown, Los Angeles, USA, 2000 Film Still 24x36mm © Courtesy of the artist & Ullens Center for Contemporary Art
The Unknown
Curated by: Jérôme Sans

798 Art District, No.4 Jiuxianqiao Lu
Chaoyang District
100015 Beijing
April 1st, 2011 - May 22nd, 2011

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Tue-Sun 10-7


World-renowned photographer Peter Lindbergh will hold his first exhibition in China at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Lindbergh’s extraordinary images of models such as Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Tatjana Patitz virtually invented the 1980s “supermodel” phenomenon.

While Lindbergh is widely recognized for his photography – iconic black and white images of extraordinary natural beauty, featured in the pages of magazines such as Stern and Vogue – his Beijing solo show The Unknown is no mere retrospective of his work, but rather a never-before-seen project designed specifically for UCCA. The Unknown is an exhibition worthy of the silver screen: an intriguing and mystifying adventure of the contemporary quotidian, it also speaks to the path of the photographer who, with this project, enters a new chapter in his creative career.

Peter Lindbergh blurs the line between photography and film by transforming the behind-the-scenes process of a fashion shoot into an elegant ballet of slowly moving figures, and the shoot itself into a series of “silent film stills” plastered upon walls. His images invade the walls and inhabit the space like the posters of imaginary cinema, a storyboard still under construction. The Unknown is a gigantic remix with no order or chronology, a reimagining of the artist’s recent cinematographic series Invasion, which reinvents and reverses the process of the story, and hints at the story yet to come…….

Peter Lindbergh was born in 1944 in Lissa, Poland, and raised in Germany. He currently lives in Paris.