Poetry under extreme Conditions

Mirko Martin

Tales from the West Side
The photographic works by Mirko Martin tell stories and show scenes and the big city themes that seem familiar to us. Martin plays with these familiar motifs, juxtaposing them like episodes in a film. They give the impression of being stills, initially confirming our cliché thinking about Los Angeles and the West Coast of the USA.
But this is only the first way these photos, which are drawn from both film sets and real events, can be read. Through the pictorial concentration of events and the subsequent compilation of the pictures, it is impossible to distinguish between truth and fiction. In the work of the artist, the two levels interpenetrate with such self-evidence and so imperceptibly that the observer cannot avoid asking, as Mirko Martin puts it, “what sort of truth can be learned from the photographs.”

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"Mirko Martin"

October 2008

ISBN 978-3-86678-229-7

21,00 x 26,00 cm

88 Pages

54 colored illustrations

Softcover with flaps, bound, without dust-jacket, without slipcase

Languages: German, English

Stephan Mann, Museum Goch

Stephan Mann and Martin Engler
The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the exhibition „Mirko Martin“, 2008/2009, Museum Goch.