Douglas Mandry (*1989, CH) is an artist who lives and
works in Zurich. He gained a Bachelors in both Visual
Communication and Photography from the University of
Art and Design ECAL in Lausanne. Since graduating Mandry
has been nominated for numerous awards including
the Paul Huf Award and Swiss Federal Design Award. In
2020, Mandry won the Foam Talent 2020 .
Mandry’s work has been shown in international venues,
including Photo London, Photo Basel, Unseen Photo Fair,
Foam Museum Amsterdam and Kunstmuseum Wien. Bildhalle
dedicated four solo shows in 2016, 2018, 2020 and
2021 to his work.
Mandry’s practice is a direct response to the digitalization
of photography and its accompanying technological accelerations.
He always shoots his initial images in analogue
and all of Mandry’s interventions in the image are done by
hand, through the application of different historic photographic
processes or by physically cutting and pasting.
“Seductively beautiful in the use of color, the diversity of
form and the choice of materials while, simultaneously,
being conceptually sophisticated in terms of subject-matters
and photographic processes: the starting points
for the artist Douglas Mandry (b. 1989 in Geneva), who
has moved to Zurich in 2013, are real-world phenomena
and experiments with various photographic techniques.
Oscillating between historical analogue and contemporary
digital imaging methods, the artist creates his very own
pictorial worlds. Observations in nature and the examination
of current issues merge with his reflections on his
chosen medium photography. Documentation merges with
abstraction and reasoning with sensuality. Conceptual rigor
and experimental liberties are well-balanced in Mandry’s
work, and the autonomous nature of photographic processes
bears serendipitous results: the unforeseen meets
intention and idea. This way, complex issues receive poetic
allure. Each work retains a productive riddle that encourages
us to question our perception of the reality of the
world and the reality of images.”
By Nadine Olonetzky
You can find the shortfilm about the series "MONUMENTS" here