Barbican exhibition: Constructing Worlds

Nadav Kander, Chongqing IV (Sunday Picnic), Chongqing Municipality, 2006

The latest Barbican exhibition brings together two diverse art forms. Exploring how we view our cities, through the symbiotic relationship of architecture and photography.

Looking beyond the image and the building as a functional form, the constructing worlds exhibition showcases over 250 rarely seen works. Focusing on each photographer’s unique interpretations of modern architecture of the 20th and 21st century. Large scale, monumental Gursky works sit next to Berenice Abbot’s innovative exploration of 1930’s New York.

The considered photographs of Stephen Shore and Thomas Struth, stood out to us, not only do they document cityscapes, but they portray a hypnotizing, realistic point of view. Case Study Houses, another favourite by Julius Shulman, illustrates the aspirational lifestyle, which defined 1950’s California, resulting in us feeling the need to be poolside asap.

All housed in the brutalist Barbican building, a landmark of London and the backdrop to our autumn/winter 2014 campaign.  The accumulation of global cities in this exhibition, explored and uniquely documented, are guaranteed to leave you with a altered perspective on the city that you live in.

Constructing worlds is at the Barbican until 11 January 2015.