Camera Austria Award
for Contemporary Photography by the City of Graz 2011
Heidrun Holzfeind

Infos

Award Ceremony

September 6, 2011, 6 pm
Exhibition space Camera Austria

Laudatio: Christine Frisinghelli

 

Camera Austria Award
for Contemporary Photography by the City of Graz 2011

Heidrun Holzfeind

Description

Austrian artist Heidrun Holzfeind (born 1972) is this year’s recipient of the Camera Austria Award of the City of Graz for Contemporary Photography. In the eyes of the jury, Heidrun Holzfeind’s work reflects an important contribution to the continuity and rephrasing of questions pertaining to the documentary and to the role of the medium of photography as situated amongst social and political practice as well as art.

“My works are portraits of simple people at a time in their lives when they are reflecting on their achievements, goals, hopes, and their place in society.” This is how Heidrun Holzfeind describes her critical perspective on the social and cultural structures and conventions established within our present-day lives. The comprehensive documentary projects by Heidrun Holzfeind integrate standpoints and analyses which, in this space, tend to be ignored on the official end or else be exploited by this political realm. The artist fathoms the margin between history and identity, between individual histories and the political narratives of the present. She also blurs the boundaries between video and documentary film by exploring language, aesthetics, and strategies adopted from television, music video, and home video. Her works—as an investigation of strategies for representation and of mediatic depictions of reality—ultimately query the fine line between that which we accept as given reality and what we deem fiction. In the process, Heidrun Holzfeind succeeds in generating a political moment on the far side of political art conventions.

Jury
Nuria Enguita Mayo (ES), Co-editor Afterall
Martin Hochleitner (A), Landesgalerie am Oberösterreichischen Landesmuseum
Sanja Iveković (HR), recipient of the Camera Austria Award 2009
Christine Frisinghelli (A), Camera Austria

A contribution on Heidrun Holzfeind, including an essay by Raimar Stange titled “Heidrun Holzfeind: On the Inside of the Outside(r): 4 Fragments”, was published in Camera Austria International 113/2011. She had previously participated in the exhibition »Communitas. The Unrepresentable Community« at Camera Austria with her current work “Colonnade Park”

The Camera Austria Award founded by the City of Graz in 1989 in recognition of the international importance of the magazine Camera Austria International and is awarded every two years to a single artist for his/her work in the field of photography on the basis of the suggestion of an international jury. The prize-money is Euro 14,500.

 

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  • Preisverleihung / Award Ceremony, 6.9.2011
    Heidrun Holzfeind, Christine Frisinghelli, Edmund Müller
    Ausstellungsraum / Exhibition space Camera Austria
    © Foto Fischer

  • Preisverleihung / Award Ceremony, 6.9.2011
    Ausstellungsraum / Exhibition space Camera Austria
    Heidrun Holzfeind & Reinhard Braun
    Camera Austria 2011
    Photo: Alessio Eberl

  • Preisverleihung / Award Ceremony, 6.9.2011
    Ausstellungsraum / Exhibition space Camera Austria
    Camera Austria 2011
    Photo: Alessio Eberl

  • Preisverleihung / Award Ceremony, 6.9.2011
    Ausstellungsraum / Exhibition space Camera Austria
    Camera Austria 2011
    Photo: Alessio Eberl

  • Installationsansicht / Installation view
    Communitas, Die unrepräsentierbare Gemeinschaft / The Unrepresentable Community
    9.4.2011 – 19.6.2011
    Camera Austria 2011
    Photo: Steffen Strassnig

  • Heidrun Holzfeind, aus der Serie / from the series:
    Colonnade Park, Mies in Newark Revistited, 2010. C-print, 40 cm x 60 cm.

  • Heidrun Holzfeind, aus der Serie / from the series:
    Colonnade Park, Mies in Newark Revistited, 2010. C-print, 40 cm x 60 cm

  • Heidrun Holzfeind, aus: Juchitán (Mexico City, May 9 2005), 2005.

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