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Oliver Sutter (fifth semester – Hereinspaziert [Happening by], 2011) shows apparently classical landscape pictures. By using flash and cropping the images, he often loads his work with tension and ambiguity. The daylight images are consciously composed using formal, classical aspects of photography; yet the same landscapes, photographed by night, are hasty flashlit snapshots with a voyeuristic air about them. What is really happening here remains invisible, or can only be seen through clues and moods. The idyll reveal itself to be something entirely different from what it had seemed at first glance; the locations of the photographs are sexual cruising grounds at night. Oliver Sutter ties his series of pictures to Foucault's concept of heterotopia, utopian spaces which bear disquieting marks of the socially unclassifiable and of deviations from the norm.

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