Realism and Illusion
Photographs by Catherine Wagner
One of the notions I worked with was the idea that Disney sets perfect the art of illusion. My photographs act exponentially to add yet another layer to the simulacrum of heightened reality. Whether I was in Paris, Tokyo, Florida or Los Angeles the sets were vacant of cultural clues.
— Catherine Wagner, 1997
In 1995, as part of the development of the exhibition The Architecture of Reassurance, we commissioned Catherine Wagner to photograph the four Disney theme parks (in Anaheim, California; Orlando, Florida; Tokyo; and Paris). The resulting photos were also shown in the 1997 exhibition Realism and Illusion.