Thomas Demand’s artistic practice revolves around the paradox that photography can seem convincingly real and strangely artificial at the same time.
Demand uses paper and cardboard to reconstruct scenes he finds in images taken from various media sources. Once he has photographed his re-created environments—always devoid of figures but often displaying evidence of recent human activity—Demand destroys his models, further complicating the relationship between reproduction and original that he investigates.
Thomas Demand, born 1964 in Munich, Germany, lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He has been working with BORCH Gallery & Editions since 1999.