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"Karen Apollonia Mueller"
2000-06-02 until 2000-07-30
UK United Kingdom
One of the most exciting new photogarphers to emerge in recent years, Mueller brings a
European, neo-romantic sensibility to bear on the quintessential 21st city. Where Winogrand's
streets are described in combative close-up, viewed from the ground up, Müller's camera floats
above the city, looking down from above. Great sweeps of Los Angeles unfold across the
surface of her photographs, and then evaporate at the edges into sky or desert or ocean.
technopolis people live and work and yet find themselves dwarfed by the elaborate
iinfrastructures they have created around themselves. Miniscule figures appear in the distance,
often no more than specks on the horizon. A lone man carries his mattress across a vast parking
lot; a figure kneels in lonely, desperate prayer in a public park; another lies under a tarpulin,
perhaps dead or simply abandoned in the surrounding wasteland. Winogrand's jostling streets,
full of nervous energy and human immediacy, are exchanged in Müller's vision for a beautiful,
dream-like metropolis, in which people find themselves estranged from each other, and the
spaces they inhabit.