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Effort Square, 2003
Collage, digital print
55 cm x 80 cm
Collection of the artist
Aglaia Konrad was born in Salzburg, Austria in 1960. She started working in Vienna as a self-taught photographer, then studied at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, The Netherlands, from 1990 to 1992. Since 1992 she frequently travels to different metropolises where she stays as an artist-in-residence. Konrad lives and works in Brussels and Rotterdam and is associated with the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Mastricht as an advising researcher.
The work of Aglaia Konrad challenges conventional modes of architectural photography, photography that is more often than not iconographic and formalistic in approach. Konrad searches for new means or forms of addressing architecture through the photographic medium, opting for breaking with tradition. Interested in the social, economic, historical and political effects of architecture and urban planning in the public realm, she digs deep into the sub-cultural and subconscious side-effects of global urban programs, researching projects that never quite made it to acceptance or completion. As an outsider to many cities, Konrad has intervened in and referenced urban conditions in cities around the world. For example, she has produced site-related works for cities such as Winnipeg, Sao Paulo, Valenciennes, Shanghai, New York, Chicago, Beijing, Paris, Dakkar, Vienna, Mexico City, Berlin, Glasgow, Cairo,Tokyo among others. In her photo-based installation project as part of Cities on the Move, she revealed how she thinks of cities in terms of communicative structures.
Konrad spent a week in Hamilton investigating the architectural elements, dynamics, history, and order of is urban space. Although a modernist aesthetic dominates most of her discourse in urban development, Konrad probes deeply into the historic depths of the city studying how people have traversed through urban spaces and used the configuration laid upon them by urban developers and architects.