Image Capital
by Estelle Blaschke & Armin Linke

Armin Linke, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut, Photothek, Florence, Italy, 2018 © Armin Linke for the project Image Capital by Estelle Blaschke and Armin Linke, 2018. Courtesy: the artist and Vistamare Milano / Pescara

13 October 2023 to 21 January 2024
Deutsche Börse AG, The Cube, Eschborn

The exhibition “Image Capital” is about the history and present of photography as an information technology. Over the course of the 200 years since its invention, photography has transformed science, art, politics and the news as well as all kinds of commerce and production. It documents the visible world and is at the same time a tool for storing and reproducing images. As a cost-effective and endlessly reproducible recording and storage medium, photography contributed to the development of global industries and economic systems.

Today's digital ways of working, for example in architecture and design, engineering, and industrial agriculture, prompt a re-examination of the blind spots in photography's history. “Image Capital” tells an alternative story of the medium and comprises photographs and video works by the artist Armin Linke, complemented by selected historical photos, archive material and publications. The exhibition in Eschborn includes a site-specific video work developed by Armin Linke in collaboration with Deutsche Börse AG which focuses on how financial data flows are represented visually and help optimise stock trading.

The concept for the exhibition was developed by the photography historian Estelle Blaschke and Armin Linke. The presentation at The Cube is curated by Anne-Marie Beckmann, Director of  the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation together with Cornelia Siebert. It is a cooperation of the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Frankfurt/Eschborn; the Fondazione MAST, Bologna, and the Museum Folkwang, Essen.

The exhibition is accompanied by a digital publication which can be accessed free of charge here.


Installationshots "Image Capital by Estelle Blaschke & Armin Linke"

The Cube Eschborn, 2023 © Robert Schittko