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Demonstration Day, 2003, Miklos Gaál
courtesy Galerie sphn - Galerie für neue Kunst

These days, in Berlin, it is nearly impossible not to talk about Miklos Gaál, the young Finnish photographer who, with his first solo exhibition in Germany (´Imitation of life`; Galerie sphn - Galerie für neue Kunst, Berlin -Germany-), conquered the covers of many art magazines. At the same time, the German photographer Marc Räder presents his latest project ´Mallorca - Island in Progress` (Fotogalerie im Kulturzentrum Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim -Germany-), a step further on the artistic path already taken by Räder with his previous work ´Scanscapes` (1996).

Why naming them together?

Is there a reason why the two should be named together? Definitely. And not just one.
Marc Räder and Miklos Gaál are two artists mastering the use of big format cameras with an artistc -rather than architectural- approach. Both results of such approaches are so eye-catching that, for the ones interested in photography, it becomes extremely difficult not to compare. Räder deals -this time- with Mallorca and its development; Gaál, with crowded, mostly urban, sets. The subjects are rather different. Still, the reaction of the viewers is astonishingly similar: at a first, casual look they think they are looking at well-produced models; a closer look, though, discloses real places, real people.

Package Holiday Hotel, 2003, Mark Räder
courtesy Fotogalerie im Kulturzentrum Alte Feuerwache

But their similarities do not stop there. Both of them captured the attention of the international art scene early on during their artistic path. Räder did it with his final accademic work, the above-mentioned ´Scanscapes` -the result of a three-month scholarship in California. Gaál has not even yet finished his studies, busy as he is managing his great success.
Both of them have been chosen to represent galleries at prestigious international art fairs. Gaál was with the Helsinki-based Gallery Taik at ART FORUM 2002, and will be at the fair, again this year, with the Berlin-based Gallerie sphn. Räder will be one of the three artists representing the Bochum-based TZR gallery at the prestigious Paris Photo, the French art fair completely dedicated to photography.
October is, then, the perfect time -for those interested in photography- to check these extraordinary parallel paths.

Miklos Gaál -Imitation of Life-, from September 29 to October 11, 2003. Galerie sphn - Galerie für neue Kunst, Berlin (Germany)

Marc Räder -Mallorca: Island in Progress-, from September 21 to November 2, 2003. Fotogalerie im Kulturzentrum Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim (Germany)

Text: M. Cecchinato
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