How does our secular society manage its heritage and in doing so its future? By collecting and archiving data with near-religious zeal: human DNA in the form of slivers of umbilical cord, dental samples and sperm, DNA of animals already extinct in the wild, the seeds of all manner of (agricultural) plants. And, of course, vast quantities of digital data that we leave behind on the big data highways of the internet, credit card statements and official registers. From 2009 to 2013, Swiss photographer Yann Mingard (born 1973) documented this avid pursuit of collection and storage in images that raise many of the unasked but pressing questions of our time.
Deposit is being organized together with Fotomuseum Winterthur. The exhibition was kindly made possible by Pro Helvetia.
Finissage: Sun, January 18, 2015, 4 p.m.