Anthony Aziz (US, 1961) and Sammy Cucher (Venezuela, 1958) have been working as a collaborative team since 1991. Their work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Venice Biennale, the Photographers’ Gallery in London, the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, The Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France; the Herzliya Museum of Art, Israel; and the Museo Alejandro Otero, Caracas. They have also participated in group shows in venues such as the Biennale de Lyon, The ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; the National Gallery in Berlin, and MIT’s List Visual Art Center in Cambridge, MA.
Their work combines photography, digital imaging, sculpture and video installation in order to create a visual poetics that addresses the physical and cultural interaction of the human body and its enviroment in an age of rapid technological change and transformation. Their work is considered pioneering in the field of digital photography, and has been discussed and published in numerous international publications, including Parkett, Artforum, Art in America, European Photography, Kunstforum, and many others.
With the creation of their Dystopia series Aziz +Cucher were among the first to use Adobe Photoshop in the context of fine art photography. The resulting series of images (1992–2002) can be seen as a commentary and reflection on the relationship between the human body and the technological forces that shape our society.
In later projects such as Synaptic Bliss (2003–2007), which grew to include video installation, their concerns shifted towards the way that our perception of nature and the landscape had been augmented and modified by technological mediation. Beginning in 2006, Aziz + Cucher embarked on the creation of a new body of work that looks at the landscape from a decidedly more historical and political perspective stemming from their own family connections to the middle east.
Their work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, the National Gallery of Australia, and the Musee de L”Elysee, Switzerland.
Aziz + Cucher both have an extensive career as teachers and are both members of the faculty at the Parsons School of Design in New York City.
They have lectured extensively on their work, at such institutions as Yale University, Columbia University, University of California at Berkeley, New York University, the Zentrum fur Literaturforshung Berlin, the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie in Arles, France (on a panel with Paul Virilio), Universidad Politecnica in Valencia, Spain, and numerous others.