Camera Austria International

111 | 2010

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  • SALIMA GHEZALI
    Off-Camera
  • BRUNO BOUDJELAL
    Jours Intranquilles / Disquite Days
  • BRUNO BOUDJELAL
  • OMAR D.
    Devoir de Mémoire. A Biography of Disappearance: Algerien 1992 –
  • OMAR D.
  • RUTH SONDEREGGER
    Impressions D'AFRIQUE A Not At All Personal (Travel)Story
  • CHRISTIAN WACHTER
  • WALID RAAD
    Sweet Talk. Commissions (Beirut)
  • WALID RAAD
  • JEFF DERKSEN
    Art and Cities during Mega-Events. On the Intersection of Culture, Everyday Life, and the Olympics in Vancouver and Beyond. Part IV

Preface

The monographic contributions to this issue of Camera Austria No. 111/2010 explore the question as to the appropriateness of artistic means in approaching the virulent political, societal and historical questions of our time. Three of these contributions originally existed in the form of an artist’s book, that combines images and texts and creates a sequence of chapters and narrative threads. Omar D., for example, conceived his memory work Devoir de mémoire. A Biography of Disappearance. Algeria 1992 –, that he developed over the course of several years, as an artist’s book. He devotes this work to the thousands of missing persons – victims of the civil war in 1990’s Algeria – and their families. It is forbidden to talk about this bloody domestic conflict in Algeria, and so the families are robbed of any chance to investigate their missing family members. Omar D.’s book was (significantly) published not in France but in England, as was Bruno Boudjelal’s book “Jours intranquilles / Disquiet Days“. In this travel diary, Boudjelal, who was born in France, describes his approach to Algeria, the country his father came from and to which he finally also travels himself. For the publication in Camera Austria he chose a series of fifteen photographs taken in Bentalha, the site of a massacre in 1997, that he visited on his trip in 2002. These two works are introduced by an essay by the Algerian author and human rights activist Salima Ghezali. In her text she sets out to explore the question as to why the conflict in the 1990s was referred to as a “war without images” and whether art could enable us to understand a sense-less war.

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Camera Austria International 111 | 2010
Preface

The monographic contributions to this issue of Camera Austria No. 111/2010 explore the question as to the appropriateness of artistic means in approaching the virulent political, societal and historical questions of our time. Three of these contributions originally existed in the form of an artist’s book, that combines images and texts and creates a sequence of chapters and narrative threads. Omar D., for example, conceived his memory work Devoir de mémoire. A Biography of Disappearance. Algeria 1992 –, that he developed over the course of several years, as an artist’s book. He devotes this work to the thousands of missing persons – victims of the civil war in 1990’s Algeria – and their families. It is forbidden to talk about this bloody domestic conflict in Algeria, and so the families are robbed of any chance to investigate their missing family members. Omar D.’s book was (significantly) published not in France but in England, as was Bruno Boudjelal’s book “Jours intranquilles / Disquiet Days“. In this travel diary, Boudjelal, who was born in France, describes his approach to Algeria, the country his father came from and to which he finally also travels himself. For the publication in Camera Austria he chose a series of fifteen photographs taken in Bentalha, the site of a massacre in 1997, that he visited on his trip in 2002. These two works are introduced by an essay by the Algerian author and human rights activist Salima Ghezali. In her text she sets out to explore the question as to why the conflict in the 1990s was referred to as a “war without images” and whether art could enable us to understand a sense-less war.

Austrian philosopher Ruth Sonderegger’s text accompanies Christian Wachter’s work “Impressions D’AFRIQUE”, that may also be described as a travel diary – with the journey going from Vienna to Paris, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast. These places are linked by the artist’s encounters with people whose life stories are ingrained with political events of recent decades that both unite and alienate Europe and Africa. As Ruth Sonderegger writes, the “careful, anti-heroic and yet committed handling of societal utopias” defines Wachter’s exploration of cultural, historical and political facts of these “Impressions of Africa”.

Another focus in this issue is devoted to the first publication of a project of Lebanese artist Walid Raad, who set about the work of photographing his city Beirut in the late 1980s, in the middle of the Lebanon wars. He still continues these self-commissions today, works that he calls “Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut)”. The compilation of several images and captions in the form of tableaux that Walid Raad has developed for our magazine documents a new stage in his handling of this archive, that he has been building for more than twenty years and that continues to grow.

In addition to the link between the contributions to this issue in terms of subject matter, there are also links between the works presented here in terms of realisation: Walid Raad’s “Sweet Talk: Commissions (Beirut)” project and Christian Wachter’s work “ImpressionsD’AFRIQUE” have been developed for the first time for the Camera Austria exhibition room. This link between Camera Austria as a publication project and our exhibition activity is an important aspect of our work as it allows us to offer the artists the almost ideal opportunity to test practical realisation of their work in our exhibition room.

We would like to thank the artists and authors for their willingness to join us in creating this issue of Camera Austria. Thanks to our subscribers and advertising customers for their trust in our work and for their support. We wish our readers another inspiring read!

Christine Frinsighelli
September 2010

Entries

Forum

JESSICA AUER

REGINA HÜGLI

DANIEL HERMES

EMMANUEL SAPET

JASON REBLANDO

NATAN DVIR

HYUK JUN YI

CLEMENS HOLLERER

Exhibitions

New Building, Display, and Exhibitions
Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art
SANDRA KRIŽIĆ ROBAN

The Importance of Being British: The UK at Photomonth 2010 in Kraków
KRZYSTOF PIJARSKI

Heavy Duty and Razor Sharp
Les Rencontres D’Arles Photographie 2010
GISLIND NABAKOWSKI

Was Draussen Wartet / What is Waiting Out There.
6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art
KIRSTY BELL

Handlung. On Producing Possibilities
Bucharest Biennale 4
MAREN LÜBBKE-TIDOW

Buntes Kaleidoskop der Realität im Revier
Ruhrblicke
SANAA-Gebäude, Welterbe Zollverein, Essen
CAROLIN FÖRSTER

Psychoanalysis: Gazes on Poto and Video Art from Austria
Tokyo Wonder Site, Shibuya
Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
JEFF DERKSEN

Triennale Linz 1.0
OK Offenes Kulturhaus OÖ, Linz
Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
Landesgalerie Linz
NINA SCHEDLMAYER

Art & Film. Curated by Vienna
20 Wiener Galerien
MANISHA JOTHADY

Lisl Ponger. Werkschau XV. Fact or Truth
Fotogalerie Wien
TANJA GASSLER

Reclaiming the Personal. Seiichi Furuya: Mémoires
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
IZU Photo Museum, Mishima
Conemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto
WALTER SEIDL

Verhandlungssache / Matter of Negotiation
Tiroler Künstlerschaft – Kunstpavillon Innsbruck
SØNKE GAU

Breda Beban: My Funeral Song
Camden Arts Centre, London
DENISE ROBINSON

Zeitgenössische Afrikanische Fotografie aus der Walther Collection
The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm / Burlafingen
KERSTIN STREMMEL

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2010.
Sven Johne: Berichte zwischen Morgen und Grauen
Frankfurter Kunstverein
NAOKO KALTSCHMIDT

Heinrich Kühn. Die vollkommene Fotografie
Albertina, Wien
Musée d’Orsay, Paris
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
ENNO KAUFHOLD

Langeweile als Methode.
Michael Schmidt. Grau als Farbe. Fotografien bis 2009
Haus der Kunst, München
ESTHER RUELFS

Above and Beyond.
Forum Stadtpark Graz
ULRICH TRAGATSCHNIG

PhotoEspana 2010
Madrid
ALBERTO MARTÍN

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