Simone Demandt has proved that he is a master in his field: a psychologically insightful and technically skilled photographer. And yet everything is different about the photographs in this series. Instead of traditional portraits, one finds rows of confiscated objects and collected evidence. Instrumenta Sceleris, the artist’s newest book and exhibition catalog, documents objects sequestered in police crime rooms, silent witnesses of a past unidentified crime. Working quickly and fastidiously to expose and index these politically charged items, Demandt improvised a studio setup and lighting; each machete, handgun or broken beer bottle was placed in the same white box and then excruciatingly documented to perfection. The result is a chilling sequence of images that leave room for expansive interpretation. Demandt’s new catalog comes on the heels of his recent survey catalog by Hatje Cantz. With texts by museum director Harald Siebenmorgen, Katrin Lorbeer and media theorist Peter Weibel.
Softcover / 9 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches / 104 pp / 63 color
Retail Price: $39.95
BADISCHES LANDESMUSEUM KARLSRUHE, GERMANY