Artists photographic reflections: Imag(in)ing the art museum through fictional narratives
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This paper examines how artists employ photography to investigate and challenge the museum. It makes particular reference to the work of three women artists: Louise Lawler, Sophie Calle and Diane Neumaier. Their work is discussed with reference to the concept of the fictional and the ways in which photography can function as a frame within which museum hegemony, the viewing experience and arts commodification are questioned. Finally, digital photography and online manifestations of imaginary institutions are considered, suggesting that perhaps a new virtual frame emerges for the production of fictions that allows us to reimagine both photography and the museum.