Thomas Demand’s work lies at the intersection of sculpture and photography. The artist collects images of enigmatic environments devoid of any human presence, from sources such as historical books, his own family archive, or the media. He reconstructs these as maquettes or architectural models built of cardboard and paper, which he then photographs or films before destroying. The final work consists of large-format photographs or projections of these constructed environments. Through his work, Demand examines the power of the image and its complex relationship to memory and history.

Vault, 2012, Chromogenic print mounted under plexiglass, 6/6.
© Thomas Demand / SOCAN (2022) • Photo: courtesy of Matthew Marks Gallery