Exhibition details ::: Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main

Tobias Zielony



12 November 2011 — 15 January 2012

In November 2011, photo artist Tobias Zielony (born 1973, Wuppertal) will be presenting his new "Manitoba" cycle in its entirety for the first time: in the context of a solo show at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main’s Zollamt satellite space. In Winnipeg, the capital of the Canadian province of Manitoba, Zielony has created works that record the life of the youths who are members of a "gang" of First Nations and the (urban) world in which they live.

Tobias Zielony, born in Wuppertal in 1973, can be considered one of the most exceptional photographers of the present. For a number of years now, he has drawn the increasing attention of the international art scene. In his work Zielony strikes a balance between classical documentary and conceptual approaches. The motifs of his works are teenagers on the margins of society and the environments in which they live. The photographs are distinguished above all by their extraordinary closeness to the teenage subjects.

In a solo exhibition Tobias Zielony show his new cycle "Manitoba" in its entirety for the first time.

"Manitoba" is a series of works capturing the lives of teenage gang members of First Nations origin in their urban surroundings in Winnipeg, the provincial capital of the Canadian territory of Manitoba. In the tradition of the classical photojournalistic feature, Zielony makes use here of various pictorial genres, presenting individual portraits and group photos in which the gang members pose, as well as views of the architecture and landscape in Winnipeg and on a reserve. Apart from his subjects' globalized dress codes and gestures, what interests the artist most are the specific regional histories of the First Nations in their socio-economic context.

Likewise to be shown at the MMK Zollamt, the film The Deboard (2008) is dedicated to the story of a gang member’s withdrawal from his gang. The term “deboard” refers to the exit ritual a person must subject himself to before he can begin a new life as a free man. In his film, Zielony impressively combines coarse-grained black-and-white scenes of the ex-convict’s environment with the subject’s own account of his withdrawal from the gang.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue documenting the artist’s working process.

With kind support by "Jürgen Ponto-Stiftung zur Förderung junger Künstler".