The Constellation: Private Heritage, Public Exhibiting
Rebekka Bauer in Conversation with Christina Natlacen


Artist Talk
The Constellation: Private Heritage, Public Exhibiting
Rebekka Bauer in conversation with Christina Natlacen

In the frame of the exhibition Double Exposure

17.1.2024, 6 p.m.
Exhibition space Camera Austria
In German language
Free admission

Double Exposure
Camera Austria 2023
Foto: Markus Krottendorfer

Rebekka Bauer, aus: Die Aufstellung, seit 2020/2023.


Rebekka Bauer’s installation Die Aufstellung (The Constellation, 2020–ongoing) brings together hundreds of self-fashioned metal objects from her grandfather’s estate, a collection of private photographs from the period of National Socialism, and her own family photos from various decades. By creating a display rich in associations, the individual items from a private family context are newly contextualized and give rise to a spatial order that remains open for subjective reflection on the part of the beholder. Bauer’s working approach is thus paradigmatic for the exhibition concept of Double Exposure, which aims to take up the eponymous motif in analyzing overlaid strands of history.

In their conversation, Rebekka Bauer and Christina Natlacen first reflect back on the creation of the work Die Aufstellung in the context of its many frames of reference. The artistic exploration of family heritage by a descendent of the generation of grandchildren is another topic discussed, as are the questions that arise through the transfer of this material into the art setting.

Rebekka Bauer, born 1991 in Freising (DE), lives in Leipzig (DE) and works as a visual artist. She studied media art under Clemens von Wedemeyer at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig, and also stage design at the Mozarteum Salzburg (AT) and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna (AT). Her work plays out at the thresholds of sculpture, stage design, and analytical photography. She engages with specific spaces, in which she uses various media to create constellations that translate (hi)stories and social relations in a tactile way. She frequently works with other artists on exhibition formats and publications and is part of the artist collective of the Kunstverein Leipzig.

Christina Natlacen is a visual studies scholar of the history of photography and film. Her working approach is cultural-science-based and draws on visual material from the areas of art, popular culture, and science. After graduating with a degree in art history, she was a visiting fellow at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (NL), a research associate in the Media Studies department of the University of Siegen (DE), and a junior professor of media and cultural studies at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (DE). Moreover, she has taught at the University of Art and Design Linz (AT), the University of Applied Arts Vienna (AT). and the University of Vienna.