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Archives, Re-Assemblances, and Surveys


Graz, 2014
158 pages
28,5 cm x 22,5 cm
b/w and colour ilustrations
hardcover, thread-stitching, cloth binding

Edition Camera Austria

ISBN: 978-3-902911-10-0

Press release

This catalogue accompanies the correspondent exhibition »Archives, Re-Assemblances and Surveys« taking place at Galerija Klovićevi dvori/Zagreb (10.9. – 2.11.2014).

Quite a few Austrian artists make use of photography beyond taking pictures and thereby establish an eminently conceptual, experimental, and processual approach to the medium. What is central to these strategies is not primarily producing images but linking for the most part found pictures, or documenting complex processes or action contexts. Archives, history, spaces, travels, politics, and discourses play a role in this—photography as a cultural technique and as a cultural artifact that constructs a representation. In a remarkable and at international level exceptional manner, the work with photography done by many Austrian artists is marked by this analytical working method. For a generation of artists born as from the 1960s, this is a matter-of-course way to deal with a medium that can no longer be understood as primarily picturing and documenting.

fter conceptual Croatian photography as from the1960s was presented in a Camera Austria exhibition between March and June 2013—»ZERO POINT OF MEANING«— this exhibition project attempts to open up a space of resonance for the question of the conceptual discussed in the exhibition. With this in mind, this exhibition project does not aim at giving a summary of current positions but will pay particular attention to photography as a field of possible cultural courses of action. This field can be described by interventions and (visual) scopes of action, by questioning what is constructed and produced by the images—collisions of different visibilities, meaning, and visual contexts. In this sense, it is about transitions between text and (photographic) image, between the documentary and the conceptual, the visual and its meaning, and between fiction and materiality of representation.


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