Ingo Vetter & Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop
Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden
November 21, 2010 - Januari 30, 2011
For the last ten years Ingo Vetter has visited Detroit regularly for research, artistic production and to take extended photo series. Motor Show exhibition at Bildmuseet brings together a number of these series and assembles them around a central installation of car tires and ladders.
Detroit is shaped by the automobile and its industry like no other city, it is the Motor City. The car has come to represent everything from progress and desire to climate change and urban collapse, an irrational and emotionally charged metaphor much like Detroit itself: Rock City, Murder City, Renaissance City, City of Tomorrow are only a few of the names given to the city over the past four decades.
The latest eruption was the media coverage during the financial crisis, in which the fate of Detroit has been portrayed as synonymous with the whole of the United States. On the symbolic level, Detroit is a major concern, though few are interested in the actual situation of the city or its inhabitants.
Detroit is a dynamic place and mobility seems to be the keyword for this city. Developments are not taking only one direction. In Detroit, things often simultaneously tend to get better and worse. What one builds up, the other takes down, and as a result, the city is always in motion. The car is omnipresent, but has lost its progressive potential. But there is a demand of new metaphors and Motor Show proposes mobility, symbolized by people overcoming obstacles.
The exhibition was realized in collaboration with Iaspis and Umeå Academy of Fine Arts.
Curator at Bildmuseet: Brita Täljedal
Resource and Nostalgia, 2008-10: Tree of Heaven habitats in Detroit, Series of 9 c-prints, 122 cm x 98 - 114 cm (48” x 38.5” - 45”). Used toy cars, Series of 5 c-prints, 100 cm x 70 cm (39.4” x 27.6”). Frames made out of Tree of Heaven wood.
Motor Show, 2010: Installation of car tires and ladders, dimensions variable. Ladders made out of Tree of Heaven wood
Anytown, 2000 - 05: Series of c-prints, 100 cm x 85 cm (39.4” x 33.5”). Frames made out of Tree of Heaven wood.
Detroit Industries - Urban Agriculture, 2003 and Detroit Industries - Jax Carwash, 2000: C-prints and frames made out of Tree of Heaven wood