With painstaking care, Demand has recreated an artificial form of nature using cardboard and paper, which, as a photographic work, creates the illusion that the image can actually be encountered in the real world. However, Demand's artificial world of paper has no specific role model. It is not any particular forest that deceives visitors to the Aviation Center, but a generic image of leaves and trees that evokes the idea of domesticated nature within the glass building. The motifs that Thomas Demand only builds to photograph and which he never exhibits seem familiar and yet otherworldly. "Forest", whose counterpart hangs in the canteen of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, reveals itself as a meticulous deception, which addresses the question of origin and image, but also nature and culture in a fascinating way.
born in Munich in 1964
lives in Berlin and London