BOSI Contemporary is pleased to present, No Greater Fiction, a photography based group exhibition featuring the works of Peter Baker, Felix R. Cid, Sarah Muehlbauer, Yorgos Prinos, Manal Abu- Shaheen, Hrvoje Slovenc, and Mónika Sziládi. While disparate in their approaches and processes, what links this group of artists is a shared sense that what passes for everyday public activity in our current society is more bizarre, baffling, and incomprehensible than our imaginations are capable of contriving.
If there is no greater fiction than the real, why do we still insist on making sense of our lives by taking and looking at photographs that are fictions in and of themselves? The seven New York-based artists in this exhibition explore the multiple realities of contemporary life through pictures that blur the dichotomy of real and unreal, analog and digital. Whether they explore staged encounters or random intimacies among objects and bodies, they create fictions we recognize from the urban spaces and suburban interiors of the early 21st century city. Asking old questions about the joint fictions of reality and the photographic medium in ways that take us beyond the documentary and the poetical, No Greater Fiction pictures the often dystopian experiences, shifting scales and topographies of the real by reminding us that being aware of make-believes does not obliterate our need to have them.
What propels each of these artists is a recognition that visual intelligence can be made communicable when one transforms the so-called real world into photographic works of art, another world altogether. For them it is a given that photographs are inherently manipulations, yet the degrees to which they investigate this notion varies. This awareness, combined with new digital possibilities, allows them to work freely and shed the scant labels once bestowed on photographers working out in the real world, as it were. They are not concerned merely with genre, but rather, view the world itself as a medium in which uncoordinated facts unfold erratically, often pressing against each other in strange and telling ways. While their subjects and aesthetic differ, this is the field where their energies and curiosities are focused. There is no greater fiction than reality itself. For it is our habitual conceptions of reality, which photography now more than ever, calls into question.