Camera Austria International

147 | 2019

  • HANS ULRICH OBRIST
    Total Work of Art
  • JAKOB LENA KNEBL
  • MATEUSZ KOZIERADZKI
    Art, Body, Sexuality
  • NATALIA LL
  • JUNE DREVET
    Tinfoil Dreams
  • PAUL HUTCHINSON
  • REGINE EHLEITER
    Groups (1969/70)
  • LUCY R. LIPPARD

Editorial

The positioning of the self in relation to its surroundings is the theme dealt with by the artists presented in Camera Austria International No. 147. They reflect on these relations from different angles: sometimes highly impartially and from an everyday standpoint, and other times from a predominately conceptual perspective. By localizing one’s own self within the immediate lifeworld, other references are set into motion and raise questions related to ephemeral identities, to norms and the breaching thereof, along with issues revolving around belonging and difference, as well as the resulting strategies of self-assertion.

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Camera Austria International 147 | 2019
Editorial

The positioning of the self in relation to its surroundings is the theme dealt with by the artists presented in Camera Austria International No. 147. They reflect on these relations from different angles: sometimes highly impartially and from an everyday standpoint, and other times from a predominately conceptual perspective. By localizing one’s own self within the immediate lifeworld, other references are set into motion and raise questions related to ephemeral identities, to norms and the breaching thereof, along with issues revolving around belonging and difference, as well as the resulting strategies of self-assertion.

In her installations, scenographies, sculptures, and photographic works, Jakob Lena Knebl interlinks art and design, as well as highly diverse areas of mainstream and high culture, with aesthetics that frequently prove challenging. The deconstruction of identities and their transformation potential are at the root of her work. “I approach positions and then also leave them again to switch to something that is new, challenging for me.” Against this backdrop, Jakob Lena Knebl speaks with Hans Ulrich Obrist about her work with marginalized positions and the place of mainstream, about stepping away from academically influenced art contexts, thereby also shedding light on the idea of a sweeping total work of art.

“Art is in the process of becoming in every instant of reality: to the individual, every fact, every second, is fleeting and unique.” These words were expressed by Natalia LL in November 1972 in her manifesto-like text “Transformative Attitude.” Mateusz Kozieradzki, in his contribution, analyzes the mostly conceptual photographs from the 1960s and 1970s by this Polish artist. The author takes a look at how these photographs revolve around themes like sexuality, desire, and consumption, and how they question the visual regime which up to that point had been dominated by the male gaze. Taking the private, often quotidian context in Natalia LL’s work as a point of departure, Kozieradzki traces its sociopolitical dimensions. The meaningful in everyday life, the socially relevant, as mirrored in the little things, in the seemingly trivial—these are topics echoed in the work of Paul Hutchinson. His photographs orbit around youth culture, big city contexts, nature’s way of penetrating urban settings, and also around fleeting moments imbued with something magical amid their apparent banality. June Drevet delves into Hutchinson’s microcosm in her contribution and wonders to what extent the “code of the present” is inherent to the scenes captured by the artist both photographically and lyrically, with his focus “never on fixed positions, but rather on fragile relations.”

A dialogue between historical and contemporary artistic activity has been opened up by Regine Ehleiter in her contribution “Re: Groups.” It ties into the (magazine) exhibition “Groups” initially realized by Lucy R. Lippard in 1969/70. In clearly defined instructions, Lippard presented the invited artists with the task of photographing a group of people seven days in a row and of giving very precise descriptions of the resulting images. The objective of this conceptual project was to highlight possible discrepancies between what can be shown and what can be said. Fifty years later, Regine Ehleiter passed this task along to contemporary artists, which has resulted in eleven contributions, all strongly heterogeneous in terms of content and visual form, yet all highly fascinating. Similar to Lippard’s endeavor, this project by Ehleiter is being presented not only in the context of a magazine, but also at an art school. It will be on show from October 4–6, 2019, during the Vienna Art Book Fair at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. We can’t wait to see it!

Christina Töpfer and the Camera Austria Team
September 2019

Cover: Jakob Lena Knebl, Hands, 2019. Double portrait of hands with “La demi-poupée” (1971) by Hans Bellmer. C-print, dimensions variable. Photo: Fabrice Gousset.

Contributions

Forum

Re: Groups
Presented by Regine Ehleiter 

David Horvitz
Natalie Czech
Laida Lertxundi
Triin Tamm
Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber
Alwin Lay
Philipp Grünewald
Maria Anwander
Alina Schmuch
Anika Liberatore
Anca Benera & Arnold Estefan

Exhibitions

Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Art 50 Years After Stonewall
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York
MITCH SPEED

Kiss My Genders
Hayward Gallery, London
FRANCESCA CAVALLO

Schering Stiftung Art Award 2018: Anna Daučíková
KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
ARNISA ZEQO

Cana Bilir-Meier: Düşler Ülkesi
Kunstverein in Hamburg
JENS ASTHOFF

Welkom Today: Ad van Denderen, Lebohang Tlali and Many Others
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
TERESA RETZER

Liebhaberei der Millionäre: Der Wiener Camera-Club um 1900
Photoinstitut Bonartes, Wien
Kenji Ide, Jiří Kovanda: YUGEN / Tsukimi
G U I M A R Ã E S, Wien
Dorit Margreiter: Really!
mumok, Wien
In unregelmäßigen Abständen: s/w, grau, gelb
Ve.Sch, Kaltenleutgeben
CHRISTIAN EGGER

Barbara Probst: The Moment in Space
Le Bal, Paris
MICHÈLE COHEN HADRIA

Eileen Quinlan: WAIT FOR IT
Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf
STEVEN HUMBLET

snap + share: transmitting photographs from mail art to social networks
SFMOMA, San Francisco
MARCO DE MUTIIS

Deep Sounding: Geschichte als multiple Erzählung
daadgalerie, Berlin
ANDREAS PRINZING

The Forbidden Image: Boris Mikhailov / Crossing Lines
PinchukArtCentre, Kiew
HERWIG G. HÖLLER

Vlado Martek: An Exhibition with Many Titles
MMCA – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka
MGML – City Art Gallery of Ljubljana
SANDRA KRIŽIĆ ROBAN

Wolfgang Schulz und die Fotoszene um 1980: Fotografie neu ordnen
MKG – Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Museum für Fotografie, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
CAROLIN FÖRSTER

André Kirchner: Stadtrand Berlin 1993/94
Berlinische Galerie, Berlin
JOCHEN BECKER

Arthur Zalewski: Le Corbusier. 5 × Unité d’habitation. Marseille, Rezé, Berlin, Briey-en-Forêt, Firminy
C834, Corbusierhaus, Berlin
RADEK KROLCZYK

Matthias Herrmann: Aemulatio e Emulsione
Palazzo Ducale, Percorso di Corte Vecchia, Mantua
Galerie im Traklhaus, Salzburg
SABETH BUCHMANN und ILSE LAFER

Von Ferne: Bilder zur DDR
Museum Villa Stuck, München
STEFANIE DUFHUES

Les Rencontres de la photographie
Various venues, Arles
CHRISTINA TÖPFER

Jill Johnston: The Disintegration of a Critic
Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, 23. 5. – 11. 8. 2019
MORITZ SCHEPER

Books

Jeff Weber: An Attempt at a Personal Epistemology
Roma Publications, Amsterdam 2018
MARGIT NEUHOLD

Karianne Bueno: Doug’s Cabin
The Eriskay Connection, Breda 2019
TACO HIDDE BAKKER

Takeshi Nakamoto: Daido Moriyama. How I Take Photographs
Laurence King Publishing, London 2019
COOPER NASH BLADE

Talking Books
Erik van der Weijde in Conversation with . . . Hans Gremmen
Elspeth Diederix: When Red Disappears
Fw: Books, Amsterdam 2019
Stephan Keppel: Entre Entree. Ed. by Hans Gremmen, Stephan Keppel
Fw: Books, Amsterdam 2014

Imprint

Publisher: Reinhard Braun

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

Editor-in-Chief: Christina Töpfer.
Editor: Margit Neuhold.

Translations: Dawn Michelle d’Atri, Nicholas Huckle, Amy Klement, Dawid Lewandowski, Lina Morawetz, Marina Schumann, Andrea Scrima.

English Proofreading: Dawn Michelle d’Atri.

Acknowledgments: Lene Albrecht, Johanna Amlinger, Andreas Anwander, Maria Anwander, Ruben Aubrecht, Robert Barry, Iain Baxter&, Anca Benera, Christian Berger, Beatrice von Bismarck, Vivien Bittencourt Katz, Jonathan Borofsky, David Campany, Seonah Chae, Ariana Christoffers, Natalie Czech, June Drevet, Regine Ehleiter, Arnold Estefan, Duncan Forbes, Till Gathmann, Stylianos Gianakos, Zanna Gilbert, Hans Gremmen, Ira Grünberger, Philipp Grünewald, Jette Held, Yaiza María Hernández Velázquez, Freya Herrmann, Boris von Hopffgarten, David Horvitz, Ela Melanie Horvitz, Darcy Huebler, Paul Hutchinson, Victoria Jenkins, Myrto Katsimicha, Alex Katz, Iordanis Kerenidis, Amal Khalaf, Jeff Khonsary, Bill Kirby, Vera Klocke, Jakob Lena Knebl, Jacob Korczynski, Mateusz Kozieradzki, Stefanie Kulisch, Alwin Lay, Maxi Menja Lehmann, Laida Lertxundi, Anika Liberatore, Lucy R. Lippard, Natalia LL, Laura Macfarlane, Leslie Miller, Tessa Morefield, Francis Moyer, Vanessa Joan Müller, Marlene Obermayer, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Piergiorgio Pepe, Adrian Piper, Caroline Pitzen, Stefan Plank, Theresa Pleitner, Nicolás Puente, Nora Rigamonti, Peter Robbins, Fintan Ryan, Ashley Hans Scheirl, Alina Schmuch, Max Shackleton, Oliver Sieber, Juliane Stadelmann, Lucy Steeds, Carla Sternberg, Katja Stuke, Eugenia Sucre, Taka, Anita, Ryuma, Shima und / and Miharu, Triin Tamm, Lara Tzanno, Erik van der Weijde, Lawrence Weiner, Sarah Wilson, Simiao Yu, Zoyeon.

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ISBN 978-3-902911-52-0
ISSN 1015 1915
GTIN 4 19 23106 1600 5 00147