Private Property / Propriété privée

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Private Property / Propriété privée

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Kneubühler’s photographs depict dark and deserted places. The only human presence in them are the security guards whose forbidding stance indicates that these sites are private property and who, by following our slightest gestures and actions, impose a structure of control. Parking lots, surveillance systems, lampposts, illuminated office buildings at night – places of passage, of transit – create the fascinating universe of Private Property / Propriété privée. The photographs were taken in Montreal, “in places where people should not be,” as Kneubühler says; or at least, in places where our actions have to adhere, at all times, to the designated function and rationale of the location.

The book exposes the impersonal, artificially-lit spaces within the modern urban landscape. These sites, although very familiar, are rarely questioned. Kneubühler’s photographs situate themselves in a zone bordering between access and intrusion, public and private, open and demarcated and reflect on the notion of territorial appropriation and more fundamentally, on the boundaries of our personal freedom.

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LES PORTABLES

LES PORTABLES collection is dedicated exclusively to the work of one artist. The collection appropriates the form of the book as a space, and a site, for the dissemination of contemporary photographic practice. The books of Les portables are travelling exhibitions with unlimited venues and circulation.

 

Artist: Thomas Kneubühler
Edited by France Choinière
Design: Joanne Véronneau
2006
Bilingual, 32 pages, 18 color reproductions, hardcover
ISBN: 978-2-922135-28-2
 

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