How much does Jeff Wall leave to chance? And what is the subtle difference between fiction and the imaginary?
Wall (1948) is eager to challenge preconceived notions and expectations, also about his own work. Days before the opening of the exhibition Jeff Wall: Tableaux Pictures Photographs 1996-2013, the artist and curator of photography Hripsimé Visser stroll through the exhibition and discuss clichés, fact and fiction around his work. This video introduces the exhibition at the Stedelijk and casts a light on Wall's sometimes mystical and at the same time monumental photography and method which moves between reminiscence, mise en scene and realism.
A film by Jeroen van der Poel & Robbie Schweiger
Commisioned by the Education Department Stedelijk Museum
Direction and camera: Jeroen van der Poel
Production and research: Robbie Schweiger
Thanks to: Jeff Wall, Hripsimé Visser, Rixt Hulshoff Pol, Alex Clarke, Emanuel Hoffmann Stiftung, Glenstone Foundation, Washington, Musée d'art contemporaine de Montreal, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York