Auto Reverse

The dark side of the automobile


The underneath of an automobile is, to most of us, an unknown place. This has to do with the simple fact that unlike other products in our daily lives cars are not usually turned upside down. Instead of being formed by large design teams to fulfil brand or corporate strategies, the underneath of a car has kept it’s unique industrial aesthetic until today.


Auto Reverse is a photographic research project that explores these undiscovered dark landscapes. The images of Kay Michalak and SvenVölker surprise not only through their engineering insights and the many variations there of, but also through the extreme contrast to the polished and well-kept upper sides of the automobile icons we
all know.




Sven Völker & Kay Michalak

2011 - 2015

2011 Car Culture Exhibition ZKM Karlsruhe




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