Camera Austria International

110 | 2010

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  • SANDRA KRIŽIĆ ROBAN
    Chrystel Lebas: The Translator of Nature
  • CHRYSTEL LEBAS
  • FLORIAN EBNER
    Arno Gisinger: A conversation with Florian Ebner
  • ARNO GISINGER
  • MAREN LüBBKE-TIDOW
    Arne Schmitt: Makeshift Realms
  • ARNE SCHMITT
  • JEFF DERKSEN
    Art and Cities during Mega-Events. On the Intersection of Culture, Everyday Live, and the Olympics in Vancouver and Beyond. Part III

Preface

The cover picture of this issue of Camera Austria is a detail of a nature study: “Nature morte – Scenette”, a photographic work created at the museum of the Croatian hunting association in Zagreb, also begins French artist Chrystel Lebas’s pictorial contribution to this issue. Lebas’s work – series of photographs created over an extended period of time, often accompanied by video films – are devoted to a single subject: reflection on nature and landscape. In her accompanying text, Sandra Križić Roban looks into the significance of experiencing nature with regard to how we experience space. A central aspect in this context is reflection on the possibilities offered by media such as photography and video for recording this experience of space and the conditions that govern how we read these images. It demands concentration and patience from us because the static scenes, shot in the vestigial light of evening or at dawn, only slowly disclose factual information, but, as such, they also allow us to re-hone our view of nature and of the image in the same motion.

The reference to actual places, which the authors approach with very different artistic strategies, is the red thread that ties together the contributions to this issue: Austrian artist and historian Arno Gisinger discusses with Florian Ebner about his projects, that centre on the question of visual representation of history. The discussion explores the functions, but also limits of the photographic image and addresses the central question as to the role of the photography medium in the construction of history and memory. The starting point is Gisinger’s recently published book Konstellation. Walter Benjamin en exil on the places of exile of the German philosopher Walter Benjamin, which, like all of his other works, is always bound to actual places and events: the “Indices” series deals with the French Résistance in World War II. “Vétérans & Củ Chi” takes us to the tunnel systems of the Viet Cong, that have now become mere tourist attractions. “Hotel Jugoslavija”, finally, documents a journey to the successor states of Yugoslavia, to the sites of the last war in Europe.

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Camera Austria International 110 | 2010
Preface

The cover picture of this issue of Camera Austria is a detail of a nature study: “Nature morte – Scenette”, a photographic work created at the museum of the Croatian hunting association in Zagreb, also begins French artist Chrystel Lebas’s pictorial contribution to this issue. Lebas’s work – series of photographs created over an extended period of time, often accompanied by video films – are devoted to a single subject: reflection on nature and landscape. In her accompanying text, Sandra Križić Roban looks into the significance of experiencing nature with regard to how we experience space. A central aspect in this context is reflection on the possibilities offered by media such as photography and video for recording this experience of space and the conditions that govern how we read these images. It demands concentration and patience from us because the static scenes, shot in the vestigial light of evening or at dawn, only slowly disclose factual information, but, as such, they also allow us to re-hone our view of nature and of the image in the same motion.

The reference to actual places, which the authors approach with very different artistic strategies, is the red thread that ties together the contributions to this issue: Austrian artist and historian Arno Gisinger discusses with Florian Ebner about his projects, that centre on the question of visual representation of history. The discussion explores the functions, but also limits of the photographic image and addresses the central question as to the role of the photography medium in the construction of history and memory. The starting point is Gisinger’s recently published book Konstellation. Walter Benjamin en exil on the places of exile of the German philosopher Walter Benjamin, which, like all of his other works, is always bound to actual places and events: the “Indices” series deals with the French Résistance in World War II. “Vétérans & Củ Chi” takes us to the tunnel systems of the Viet Cong, that have now become mere tourist attractions. “Hotel Jugoslavija”, finally, documents a journey to the successor states of Yugoslavia, to the sites of the last war in Europe.

The third position featured in this issue is a work by Arne Schmitt that is dedicated to a topographical study of urban space. Schmitt’s approach – the serial nature of his photography and his preferred form of presentation, the artist’s book – is set in the context of conceptual and documentary positions. Arne Schmitt’s photographic research and form-giving address places and situations in the realm of the disordered, peripheral and incidental. Maren Lübbke-Tidow provides an introduction to this work. “The ‘makeshift realm’ is the space filled with everyday experiences that is, according to everyday norms, in the ‘wrong place’ – and ‘wrong’ because the makeshift realm describes a place that somehow just simply appears, beyond a desire for representation. In Schmitt’s eyes, it is the perfect place – where things like cultural typographies appear, which the artist has set out to explore and show”.

We would also particularly like to draw your attention to the FORUM in this issue: our readers will recall the anniversary number of Camera Austria (No. 100) and the exhibition with students and graduates of the Market Photo Workshop Johannesburg documented in that issue that we presented at the end of 2008 in Graz and then Prague and Munich and now finally, in spring this year, at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. The co-operation with the Market Photo Workshop continues in this issue’s FORUM, in which we showcase nine photographers currently studying at the MPW. Their critical perception of the socio-political situation of their country reveals the contradictions in the richest country in Africa.

Last but not least, a pointer for our young readers: we have set up a special subscription for students to obtain Camera Austria at a very inexpensive price!

Christine Frisinghelli
June 2010

Entries

Forum

TRACY EDSER

PATRICK HLUNGWANI

AKONA KENQU

SIPHOKAZI MDINISO

MADODA MKHOBENI

MUSA NXUMALO

TIRO RAMATLHATSE

THANDILE ZWELIBANZI

MORRIS MOHANOE

Exhibitions

Project Europa, Imagining the (Im)Possible
Smuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Florida
Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University, New York
ANNE BARCLEY MORGAN

Mathias Poledna
Portikus, Frankfurt
HANS-JÜRGEN HAFNER

Wiederkehr der Landschaft
Akademie der Künste, Berlin
KRYSTIAN WOZNICKI

Eija-Liisa Ahtila
Where is Where?
Parasol Unit, London
DENISE ROBINSON

Die Subversion der Bilder
Surrealismus, Fotografie und Film
Centre Pompidou, Paris
Fotomuseum Winterthur
Foundación Mapfre, Madrid
THILO KOENIG

Esther Shalev-Gerz: Ton image me regarde!?
Jeu de Paume, Paris
KERSTIN STREMMEL

Donna: Avanguardia Femminista negli Anni ’70 dalla Sammlung Verbund di Vienna
Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna, Rom
MANISHA JOTHADY

Hands On. Photographs by Four British Artists
Galerie Raum mit Licht, Wien
DANIELA BILLNER

Urban Panoramas: Opie, Liao, Kim
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
SANDRA WAGNER

Ana Torfs: Album / Tracks A
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein Westfalen K21, Düsseldorf
Ana Torfs: Album / Tracks B
Generali Foundation, Vienna
YOANN VAN PARYS

Early Years
Kunst-Werke Berlin
NAOKO KALTSCHMIDT

Where Three Dreams Cross:
150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
The Whitechapel Gallery, London
Fotomuseum Winterthur
FATOS ÜSTEK

Allan Sekula: Polonia and other Fables
Renaissance Society, Chicago
The Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw
Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest
KRZYSTOF PIJARSKI

Whitney Biennial: 2010
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
KIRSTY BELL

Books

Situational Aesthetics
Selected Writings by Victor Burgin
Leuven University Press, 2009.
TACO HIDDE BAKKER

Photography Degree Zero
Reflections on Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida
The MIT Press, Cambridge, London 2009
PETER KUNITZKY

Daniel Girardin, Christian Pirker: Controverses
Actes sud und Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne 2008.
GISLIND NABAKOWSKI

Katharina Sykora: Die Tode der Fotografie
Wilhelm Fink Verlag, München, Paderborn 2009
ANTON HOLZER

Imprint

Publisher: Manfred Willmann
Owner: Verein CAMERA AUSTRIA. Labor für Fotografie und Theorie.
Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz, Österreich

Editors: Christine Frisinghelli, Daniela Billner, Tanja Gassler
Editor News section: Heidi Oswald
Copy editor: Theresa Haigermoser

English lectorate: Dawn Michelle d’Atri
Translators: John Doherty, Wilfried Prantner, Andy Jelcic, Josephine Watson, Richard Watts