Research Students 2016

Suraya Pelser

How High Modernist Structures are used to Communicate Failed Social Idea(l)s within Contemporary Fine Art Photography

Developing upon Harvard Professor Jill Stoner’s premise that “architecture can no longer limit itself to the art of making buildings, it must also invent the politics of taking it apart” (Stoner, 2012: 7), my MAFA research thus attempts at an investigation into the works of contemporary fine art photographers who, in utilising high modernist structures as subject, critique the failure of key social idea(l)s. At the core of this investigation there will comprise a detailed study of the often perplexing architecture-centric works of German artist Beate Gutschow.