Photography Is A Language
The American Alec Soth has been counted among the world’s leading photographers for some years now. His 2004 series Sleeping by the Mississipi catapulted him into stardom: following in Robert Frank’s footsteps, the artist documented American life on a road trip along the Mississippi – and did so in a very subjective, poetic, melancholic way. Soth’s photographic oeuvre – he is a member of renowned photo agency Magnum – has since been on display in all major exhibition houses and photography institutions. His solo exhibition at KUNST HAUS WIEN constitutes an Austrian premiere: Soth’s famous series Sleeping by the Mississippi (2004), Niagara (2006), Broken Manual (2010) and Songbook (2014) will be shown for the first time in Vienna, alongside his most recent work I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating (2019). With the latter, a condensed portrait series, the artist has once again caused a sensation after a one-year break.
Alec Soth’s photographic work seduces us with its poetic visual language. With a masterly hand, Soth captures images of suburban and rural areas in the USA, of people and settings. His large-scale series can be read as case studies of American society. Soth’s photographs provide an insight into the lives of ordinary, and sometimes not so ordinary, people; his work covers middle class life outside the big metropolises as well as people on the margins of society.alecsoth.com/photography
Alec Soth was born in 1969 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he also lives. His photographs have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including: Haus der Photographie, Deichtorhallen Hamburg (2018); London Science Museum, London (2015); The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (2016 –2017); Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan (2016); Museo de Bogotá (2013); Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2010); Fotomuseum Winterthur (2008); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2008). Works by Alec Soth can be found in the following collections, among others: Art Collection Deutsche Börse, Frankfurt am Main; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.