Liane Lang’s work engages with historic objects and places, particularly statues and monuments. She photographs interventions that alter or illuminate the context and history of objects, to tell an alternative story. She reframes objects that may have been overlooked or misunderstood and to give them fresh visibility. In the Saints series she borrows from the aesthetic of Zubaran and medieval German wood carving at the Bode Museum to stage the life of the Saints in the house of Augustus Pugin. Lang is interested in legacy and the processes which preserve or obliterate it. Pugin’s tremendous importance was lost after his death. His Catholicism may have played a part in this. Many of the characters on which the saints are based were important leaders in the early Christian world and have come down to us only as victims of grotesque torture. Lang preserves their enigmatic presence and allows them to inhabit Pugin’s gorgeous interiors.
Lang studied at Royal Academy Schools and Goldsmiths’ College, London and at the Fine Art and National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Recent exhibitions include: Enthüllt, Berlin and its Monuments, Museum Zitadelle Spandau, Berlin; Der Zauberg, Iavomirovic-Hughes Gallery, London; MEM Bilbao Photography Festival, Prize Winner Exhibition; Start, The Saints, Saatchi Gallery; and Monumental Misconceptions, Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University, New York. She has work in many collections including: MoMA Collection, the V&A, Deutsche Bank Collection, Royal Academy Collection, White Cube Gallery, Ernst & Young Collection, Arts Council of England Collection, Saatchi Collection, Collection Kunstverein Bregenz, Collection House of St Barnabas, Collection of Art Omi, Francis Greenberger Collection, DEM Collection. Lang has received many awards and accolades including: The Cointreau Creative Crew Finalist, 2016; MEM Photography Festival Bilbao 1st Prize, 2015; Birgit Skiöld Memorial Award, 2014; Hotshoe Photography Award, 2012; British Council Award, Riga, 2010 and RBKC Artists Award, Budapest, 2009.
Featured Image: Liane Lang, Margareth in the Dragon, 2015, C-Type Print, Edition of 3, 70 x 100cm (29.5 x 39.3in.)