reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers TodayCurated by William A. Ewing and Nathalie HerschdoreferFriday, January 21, 2011–Thursday, March 17, 2011
Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland, and with the support of Pro Helvetia and the Consulate General of Switzerland in New York, is pleased to announce reGeneration2: Tomorrow’s Photographers Today. As the digital revolution continues its relentless advance, it demolishes longstanding practices in every domain of the photographic field. This group exhibition and its accompanying catalog examine how the new generation of photographers operates, showcasing their inspiring creativity and ingenuity, and revealing the diversity of emerging photography. reGeneration2 follows the success of 2005’s groundbreaking book and exhibition, reGeneration: 50 Photographers of Tomorrow 2005-2025, which was shown in ten different cities across North America, Europe, and Asia, and made its North American debut at Aperture Gallery in January 2006.
reGeneration2—the broadest and most enterprising survey of its kind—explores how today’s young photographers view the world, how they respect, build on, or reject tradition, and whether they choose the darkroom, the computer lab, or both, to make their art. Curators at the Musée de l’Elysée selected eighty of the most promising candidates from some seven hundred entries submitted by 120 of the world’s top photography schools. The themes presented range from the urban environment and globalization, to issues of identity and memory, and the photographers’ hybrid techniques allow them to obscure as never before the distinction between reality and fiction. The resulting exhibition, and accompanying publication of the same title, exposes the flexibility of young photographers as they pass fluidly from one genre or technique to another,
The accompanying book features over two hundred images reflecting the astonishing range of emerging worldwide talent. Useful reference materials include biographical details of each of the eighty photographers, as well as updates on the winning photographers from the first edition, many of whom have since forged impressive international careers, including Pieter Hugo, Idris Khan, Angela Strassheim, and Natalie Czech.