Minus 60'000 Double Plate 4, 2006 - Darren Almond
About the Work
About Minus 60'000 Double Plate 4
This double-plate photograph depicts the ruins of a bridge that once ran along the Siberian railroad, part of a body of work inspired by the work of Russian poet Joseph Brodsky, who spent seven years in a Siberian labor camp ...Read More
This double-plate photograph depicts the ruins of a bridge that once ran along the Siberian railroad, part of a body of work inspired by the work of Russian poet Joseph Brodsky, who spent seven years in a Siberian labor camp before defecting to the United States in 1972. Partially submerged in the snow, the dilapidated construction of wood and metal shown in the image marks the site of a mass grave interring prisoners who died during the railroad's construction. The title of the photograph refers to the estimated number of people buried in the grave. Almond was a voracious railroad enthusiast in his teenage years; here, the railroad becomes a subject of eerie beauty and unimaginable horror.Read Less
About the Artist
About Darren Almond
A member of the post-YBA generation, Almond's career was incubated in Jay Jopling's White Cube gallery, home to many of London's most notable contemporary artists, including Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Whether he is photographing the French countryside by moonlight, investigating the controversial railway connecting China and Tibet, or transforming a shipping container into a functional digital clock, what is common to all of his projects is an obsession with geographical and temporal borders. While much of his work deals with geopolitical and environmental issues, Almond isn't interested in grandstanding. "The political and social issues are there in my work because they're current," he says. "This is the emotional landscape that surrounds me."
Almond has participated in significant international group shows including the 2009 Tate Triennial (curated by Nicolas Bourriaud), the 2003 Venice Biennale, and the controversial exhibition Sensation, which toured the Royal Academy of Art (1997), the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin (1998), and the Brooklyn Museum (1999). His work has also been exhibited in solo shows at K21 in Dusseldorf in 2005 and the Tate Britain in 2001, among other venues, and he was shortlisted for the prestigious Turner Prize in 2005.
DescriptionTwo silver gelatin prints.
DimensionsThe quoted dimensions for this work are for the paper size for each individual print. The actual image size is 38" x 28" for each print.
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