Cortis & Sonderegger (1978 / 1980)

Since 2012, artist duo Jojakim Cortis (b.1978, Switzerland) and Adrian Sonderegger (b.1980, Switzerland), otherwise known by their shared name Cortis & Sonderegger, have been constructing exhaustive dioramas (a three-dimensional theatrical model) by hand of iconic photographs that balance between truth and fabrication. Photographs such as Robert Capa’s Falling Solider, Ansel Adams’ Moon and Half Dome, Joe Rosenthal’s Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima and Stuart Franklin’s Tiananmen Square are all etched into our collective memory and consequently have all been recreated by Cortis & Sonderegger. After each scrupulous scene is made, the pair photograph their creation including the materials, tools, structures and lighting that have conceived their trickery in the frame. By exposing their activities, the duo allow us to examine where the boundaries lie of perceived reality, how fiction can work in tandem with truth and what authenticity is in the photographic medium.

Jojakim Cortis (b. 1978) & Adrian Sonderegger (b. 1980) began their artistic collaboration during their studies of photography at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHDK) in 2005. Together they conceive and manufacture surreal worlds through their use of “staged” photography employing analogue techniques by hand. The artists live and work in Zurich, Switzerland.

"Cortis & Sonderegger’s works are characterized by a clear aesthetic diction. Their image tricks are satirically created, ingeniously staged and metaphorically back-filled. Objects and people take off, hover, fall, ... The trademark in their pictures is the fact that the impossible is nimble and playful, their photographic raw materials are simple fabrics, props and tools. The artificial structure with linkage and equipment, with reductions of foreground and background to an image scenery, with light and smoke machines etc. are often made transparent at the edges of the image... the two photographers make themselves known as the true inventors for their visual ideas."

Fritz Franz Vogel, PhD Photohistorian, Editor, Curator

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New York Times

New York Times

March 19, 2019
'Think You Know This Photograph? Take Another Look'

Vice

Vice

June 24, 2018
'Diese Künstler stellen bekannte Fotos in Miniatur nach'

The Eye of Photography

The Eye of Photography

June, 2018
'Best Of 2018 – DOUBLE TAKE: The World’s Most Iconic Photographs Meticulously Re-created in Miniature'

Youtube video

Youtube video

September 22, 2017
'Artist talk with Adrian Sonderegger and Jojakim Cortis about ICONS'

CNN Style

CNN Style

May 25, 2017
'Art duo create 3D miniatures of historic events'

Vimeo video

Vimeo video

April 2016
'Jojakim Cortis und Adrian Sonderegger - Ikonen'

Wired

Wired

September 3, 2015
'History's most Iconic Photos'

Le Monde

Le Monde

December 27, 2014
'Dans la fabrique du siècle'

Cortis & Sonderegger

'Icons'

Sat 26 Oct 2019 - Sat 7 Dec 2019


Soloshow
The Ravestijn Gallery

UNSEEN 2019

Koen Hauser, Tereza Zelenkova, Cortis & Sonderegger

Fri 20 Sep 2019 - Sun 22 Sep 2019


Art Fair
Amsterdam (NL)

Photo Basel 2019

Anja NIemi / Cortis & Sonderegger

Thu 13 Jun 2019 - Sun 16 Jun 2019


Art Fair
Basel (CH)