Wolfgang Scheppe - Migropolis
Foam Magazin, Netherlands / 0|12|2009
A workshop at the University of Venice studied working conditions and migration in the city. These two volumes contains diagrams, interviews, stories and a number of photographs. The photographs are afforded more space than usual and are more than mere illustrations. The volumes present a complex view of Venice, in which tourism and commerce play an equally significant role. This publication is comparable to the Rem Koolhaas books and the End-Commercial projects; here too, photography is used to avoid stereotypes about urban life and to force us to take a closer look at the city. The authors and students took the photographs themselves and invited Jörg Koopmann to contribute a few impressions, including the picture on the cover. Harking back to Canaletto, this image shows a gondola transporting four street vendors with stuffed blue garbage bags.