Restaging the Past
Canadian artist Stan Douglas (b. 1960) creates new work to evoke specific moments from the past. Working across film, photography, installation and performance, he uses various media to explore the history of a location or social event. Douglas began with an interest in documentary and later moved on to direct fictional scenes with actors, costumes and props. He builds his staged images around recognisable themes from literature and cinema, borrowing from familiar Hollywood genres, such as the Wild West or murder mystery, and from the work of Samuel Beckett and Franz Kafka. He was one of the first artists to be represented by David Zwirner, New York, where his first American solo exhibition opened in 1993. Since then he has appeared in numerous solo shows at The Power Plant, Toronto, Serpentine Gallery, London, and Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota, to name a few. A selection of the following photographs will be on display in large-format at Haus der Kunst, Munich, from 26 June.