Fotostiftung Schweiz – Purchase of Works by the Artistic Duo Cortis & Sonderegger

Visual Arts

The Fotostiftung Schweiz in Winterthur has been committed since 1971 to the preservation, analysis, and sharing of photographic works. It maintains an extensive collection with a focus on Swiss photography of the twentieth century. Historical or topical positions of Swiss photography are regularly presented in its exhibitions and publications. In the context of the forthcoming exhibition Double Take: Reconstructing the History of Photography, the foundation is buying works of the artistic duo Cortis & Sonderegger. The series of works, created between 2012 and 2016, contains reconstructions of pictures taken from the international history of photography, for example, Buzz Aldrin's footprint on the moon from 1969, which are built up three-dimensionally in the studio and then translated again into two-dimensional photographs. This multiple breaking of levels of awareness initiates a witty and at the same time profound reflection on the reality of the photographic content.

Adrian Sonderegger and Jojakim Cortis's collaboration began while they were studying photography at the Zurich University of the Arts. The staging of objects and people is characteristic of their work; their motifs are often elaborate still lifes that play with the idea of a looking-glass world. The artificial construction with rods and equipment is often visible on the edges, creating a making-of aspect.

The Foundation Board acknowledges the long-standing commitment of the Fotostiftung Schweiz, as well the multi-faceted artistic engagement of Cortis & Sonderegger with a purchase grant of CHF 25,000.