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The Photographer’s

Guide to Los Santos

About the project

The Photographer’s Guide to Los Santos interrogates the ontological boundaries between physical and virtual spaces through an examination of photographic practices situated within the ludic framework of Rockstar North’s record-breaking 2013 release Grand Theft Auto V. Situating Los Santos as an augmented simulacrum of Los Angeles, the epicentre of global image production, the exhibition explores the emergence of this fictional locale as a site of artistic experimentation and critical inquiry.

Curated by Marco De Mutiis, Digital Curator at the Fotomuseum Winterthur, and Matteo Bittanti, Associate Professor in Media Studies at IULM University in Milan, the exhibition is part of an ongoing transnational investigation into expanded photo-digital practices, The Photographer’s Guide to Los Santos presents seminal works by artists working at the intersection of post-photography, technology and art. Through meticulous in-game capture techniques and cunning manipulations of code, this cadre of international artists rupture the veneer of mimetic realism that shrouds Los Santos, opening fissures wherein the underlying algorithms and tacit ideological assumptions underpinning this contested space are exposed. At once playful and critical, the featured projects – several of which have never been presented before – challenge the stability of ontological categories such as the virtual, the real, and the hyperreal within an increasingly gamified culture.

Artists: 2girls1comp, Raphael Brunk, Alan Butler, COLL.EO, Mattia Dagani Rio, Elizabeth Desintaputri, Claire Hentschker, Mascha Negri, Georgie Roxby Smith.

Planned Events

Saturday, May 25, 2024
Guided tour
11 AM  and 3 PM

Sunday, May 26, 2024
Prosecco Matinée with Marco de Mutiis

11 AM – 12:30 PM Burghaldenhaus, Lenzburg

Guided tour
3.15 PM


Dammweg 19

Dammweg 19
5600 Lenzburg

Opening hours
Thu-Fri: 2-5 PM
Sat-Sun: 10 AM – 5 PM