Artists on Art – Thomas Demand on Water Container for Tea Ceremony

Thomas Demand’s photographs and films, typically empty of people, have an uncanny aspect to them, perhaps explained by his process: he shoots images of specially constructed paper models, which are themselves based on photographic images from, books, and other media. Demand, who is among a number of accomplished photographers trained at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in Germany, complicates the precedent of photography as documentary practice. The subject of solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; and LACMA (Thomas Demand: Pacific Sun, 2014–15), Demand lives and works in Los Angeles and Berlin.

For Artists on Art, Thomas Demand speaks on Water Container for Tea Ceremony.