List of selected artworks. Maps for the tour in the museum




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    Chromogenic print and gelatin silver print on paper
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    Set of 412 photographs grouped into twenty-five chapters
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    Overall: variable dimensions / Each part: 28 x 28 cm
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    Unique edition
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    Photography, Installation
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Closely connected to the militant activism surrounding AIDS in the late 1980s, member of ACT-UP and close associate of New York’s Lower East Side artist community, photographer Zoe Leonard reappraises the history of photography from Eugène Atget up to the direct photography of Robert Frank and Helen Levitt, at a time when the analogue medium is starting to disappear.
In autumn 1998 Zoe Leonard got a 1940s Rolleiflex and for the first time began to take colour photographs. Her original intention was to document the facades and shop windows on the Lower East Side, an old Manhattan neighbourhood with small businesses that are destined to disappear (something like the work done by Eugène Atget in Paris). The project grew to include other countries as it traced the route followed by bales of used clothes that travel the global network of the second-hand clothes business. The ultimate objective was to depict the contemporary economic and social pattern, formed by an interconnected, interdependent network in which, according to the artist, “we all experience the effects of multinational corporate capitalism.” Both in terms of technique used and photographic subject, in Analogue Leonard is looking at “the shift from the machine age to the digital age and from one system of economic exchange to another, and the consequences that this transformation has on our everyday life.” The Museo Reina Sofía holds a total of four hundred and twelve photographs grouped in twenty-five themed chapters, following a coherent structure.

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