12 SEP 2020—23 JAN 2021
The sun is sinking into the ocean in a postcard-perfect view, a watermelon is being sliced up on the beach, and a gold blanket glitters in the summer heat. Yet Michael Danner’s photographs subvert our expectations and counter our clichés of a sojourn on the Mediterranean. Such gold survival blankets have been a symbol for Europe’s refugee crisis since fall 2015. Danner’s long-term project Migration as Avant-Garde (2008—2017) begins with Hannah Arendt’s notion of flight as a radical act of self-determination and faith in progress. It is a moving, critical, and rousing work about Europe’s borders and a counterpoint to the conventional journalistic narrative of news photographs. Danner weaves together his own images, archival photographs, and quotations from Arendt to form a visual dialogue about one of humankind’s oldest actions: moving from one place to another.
C/O Berlin is the first institution in the world to exhibit this project, for which Danner received the Dummy Award at the Fotobookfestival in Kassel in 2018. The exhibition is supported by C/O Berlin Friends.