Camera Austria International

150/151 | 2020

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  • What’s at Stake / What’s Missing?

Preface

In mid-February 2020, when we formulated the invitation to the authors and artists of the magazine issue at hand, the world still appeared to be a different place. Camera Austria International, established in 1980 by Christine Frisinghelli, Seiichi Furuya, and Manfred Willmann, is now celebrating its 150th edition with this double issue. If we consider the 149 issues of the magazine published since its founding, it seems natural not only to look back but also to subject photography to a critical survey by an ever-developing network and to localize its current position.

Against the backdrop of Covid-19 and the struggle for social equality, which is playing out at countless sites around the world, the question of what is at stake has once again become urgently topical when we presently think about photography—and its manifold forms of societal and political relevance—as becomes evident on the following pages.

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Camera Austria International 150/151 | 2020
Preface

In mid-February 2020, when we formulated the invitation to the authors and artists of the magazine issue at hand, the world still appeared to be a different place. Camera Austria International, established in 1980 by Christine Frisinghelli, Seiichi Furuya, and Manfred Willmann, is now celebrating its 150th edition with this double issue. If we consider the 149 issues of the magazine published since its founding, it seems natural not only to look back but also to subject photography to a critical survey by an ever-developing network and to localize its current position.

Against the backdrop of Covid-19 and the struggle for social equality, which is playing out at countless sites around the world, the question of what is at stake has once again become urgently topical when we presently think about photography—and its manifold forms of societal and political relevance—as becomes evident on the following pages.

The contributions unfolding here convey the complex situation through kaleidoscopic insights. Explorations of archives attest to the fact that photographic criticism can never fully liberate itself from its traditions, and that its conditions and narratives must be continuously revised and questioned. Against the backdrop of current events, the political dimension of breathing is investigated. Further, the act of working against white supremacy and the related systems defining it attempts to move into the foreground a decolonialization of the gaze. Yet many of the contributions deal with a rejection of the hegemonic and spotlight BIPoC and transgender positions. And antiracist statements are linked to the call not only to remain rooted in one’s own institutional surroundings, but also to join the protests in the streets. Questions inherent to the image and related to rapidly changing media technologies are taken up, and the limits of the photographic are repeatedly explored anew.

With all of these facets, the present issue of Camera Austria International is, most especially, a document of our present day. The contributions received this year between May and mid-August, which are chronologically inscribed in the pages of the issue and thus resemble a calendar, are much more topical and urgent than we could have even imagined in February 2020. Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, in his contribution to this issue, details what is at stake. Despite all relevance ascribed to photographic images, at stake is survival: “Whether at the level of our ecology, and thus of the planet, or at the level of our differently and continuously subjugated communities, which in their profitable subjugation bear the multiple, intersecting weights of economic, political, racial, religious, sexual, and cultural violence.”

We extend our warm thanks to the many artists, authors, curators, and theorists who have contributed their expertise to this magazine issue, for the openness and trust they have shown in embarking on this adventure with us. Their contributions—individually, but also as a whole—illustrate how photography cannot be separated from society, and how even after 150 issues it remains as relevant as ever. We are also very grateful to you, our subscribers and readers, and to everyone who has accompanied and supported the Camera Austria project over the years for your sustained interest in our magazine.

Reinhard Braun, Margit Neuhold, Christina Töpfer
September 2020

Cover: Seiichi Furuya, Böblingen, 1978. Gelatin silver print, 40 × 30 cm (on the cover of Camera Austria no. 1/1980).

Entries

Exhibitions

Gerry Schum: Fernsehgalerie
SFB/WDR, 1969–70
Shutdown-Programm 
Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, April 2020–ongoing
Sophie Thun: Stolberggasse
Secession, Wien, 30. 4. – 21. 6. 2020
#SMH Bildwanderung / Picture Walk
Sprengel Museum Hannover, April 2020–ongoing
REBECCA WILTON

Pati Hill: Something other than either
Kunstverein München, Munich, 7. 3. – 16. 8. 2020
KATJA KOBOLT

I’M NOT A NICE GIRL! Eleanor Antin, Lee Lozano, Adrian Piper, Mierle Laderman Ukeles
Kunstsammlung NRW, Düsseldorf, 18. 1. – 28. 6. 2020
MORITZ SCHEPER

Subjekt und Objekt: Foto Rhein Ruhr
Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 20. 3. – 16. 8. 2020
CAROLIN FÖRSTER

Katharina Sieverding: UNWIDERSTEHLICHE HISTORISCHE STRÖMUNG
ART FOYER DZ BANK Kunstsammlung, Frankfurt am Main, 14. 2. – 6. 6. 2020
GISLIND NABAKOWSKI

Image Wars: The Power of Images
KM – Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, 4. 7. – 8. 10. 2020
MAX L. FELDMAN

Naeem Mohaiemen: What we found after you left
The Power Plant, Toronto, 21. 9. 2019 – 30. 8. 2020
JACOB KORCZYNSKI

. . . of bread, wine, cars, security and peace
kunstHalle wien, Vienna, 8. 3. – 4. 10. 2020
WALTER SEIDL

Tony Cokes: To Live as Equals
BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht,
28. 2. 2020, re-opening 16. 10. 2020 – 10. 1. 2021
SARAH VAN BINSBERGEN

Nicole Gravier, Nora Turato: Words Are Way Too Easy To Play With
Ordet, Milan, 2. 7. – 29. 8. 2020
MARIACARLA MOLÈ

Performance/Documentation/Presentation
Lunds konsthall, Lund, 13. 6. – 23. 8. 2020
FRIDA SANDSTRÖM

Le supermarché des images
Jeu de Paume, Paris, 11. 2. – 7. 6. 2020
STEVEN HUMBLET

21.lettres.a.la.photographie@gmx.de
Museum Folkwang, Essen, 19. 6. – 8. 11. 2020
MIRA ANNELI NASS

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
Barbican Art Gallery, London, 13. 7. – 23. 8. 2020
Gropius Bau, Berlin, 16. 10. 2020 – 10. 1. 2021
ORIT GAT

Chantal Akerman: Passages
Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, 1. 6. – 30. 8. 2020
BENEDIKT REICHENBACH

Gelebt – Ingeborg Strobl
mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, 6. 3. 2020 – 10. 1. 2021
CHRISTIAN EGGER

Erica Baum: A Method of a Cloak
Klemm’s, Berlin, 6. 3. – 13. 6. 2020
Moyra Davey, Peter Hujar
Galerie Buchholz, Berlin, 13. 2. – 11. 4. 2020
Irmel Kamp: Zink
Soy Capitán hosting Galerie Thomas Fischer, 7. 3. – 30. 5. 2020
MAREN LÜBBKE-TIDOW

The Penumbral Age: Art in the Time of Planetary Change
MSN – Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 5. 6. – 13. 9. 2020
JAKUB MAJMUREK

Mihkel Ilus and Paul Kuimet: Endless Story
Tallinn Art Hall, 7. 3. – 31. 5. 2020
AGNIESZKA GRATZA

“Soft” Shooting?
Gallery Spot – Office for Photography, Zagreb, 15. 6. – 4. 9. 2020
TANJA VERLAK in conversation with SANDRA KRIŽIĆ ROBAN

Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller: Das Ich im Spiegel des Anderen. Fotografien und Filme 1968 – 2018
Generali Foundation, Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Mönchsberg, 20. 6. – 1. 11. 2020
CHRISTINA NATLACEN

Susanne Kriemann: Fotografie neu ordnen. Gestrüpp
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg, 7. 8. 2020 – 31. 1. 2021
JENS ASTHOFF

Books

Bernadette Mayer: Memory
Siglio Press, Catskill 2020
MATTHEW RANA

Collier Schorr: Paul’s Book
MACK, London 2020
JUNE DREVET

Imagining Everyday Life: Engagements with Vernacular Photography
The Walther Collection, New York / Neu-Ulm; Steidl, Göttingen 2020
PAUL MELLENTHIN

Jonas Mekas: I Seem to Live. The New York Diaries, Vol. I, 1950 – 1969
Spector Books, Leipzig 2019
RADEK KROLCZYK

Lucas Cejpek: Umkreisung
Sonderzahl Verlag, Vienna 2020
WILFRIED PRANTNER

Anja Manfredi & Nicole Haitzinger: Glimpses into the Stars Became Space
Fotohof edition, Salzburg 2019
MARGIT NEUHOLD

Anke Dyes: A Substantive Theory of Harm
Eigenverlag, Leipzig 2019
ANNA VOSWINCKEL

Nicholas Muellner: Lacuna Park. Essays and Other Adventures in Photography
SPBH Editions, London 2019
TACO HIDDE BAKKER

Lele Saveri: Hong Kong Barricades
Humboldt Books, Milan 2019
JOCHEN BECKER

Tilman Walther: Der Mittelstand – Bilder und Tabellen
Textem Verlag, Hamburg 2020
RAPHAEL DILLHOF

Talking Books
Erik van der Weijde in Conversation with . . . Michael Mack
Gerry Johansson: Deutschland
MACK, London 2012
Roe Ethridge: Neighbors MACK, London 2016
Damian Heinisch: 45
MACK, London 2020

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: Anja Büchele, Dawn Michelle d’Atri, John Doherty, Kathi Hofer, Amy Klement, Ulrike Matzer, Lina Morawetz, Katrin Mundt, Wilfried Prantner, Clemens Ruthner, Zapata.

English Proofreading: Dawn Michelle d’Atri.

Acknowledgments: Basel Abbas & Ruanne Abou-Rahme, Nana Adusei-Poku, Ibrahim Ahmed, AfricaGSD, African American Student Union (AASU), Aren Aizura, Akinbode Akinbiyi, Rheim Alkadhi, Basma al-Sharif, Max Aufderhorst, Ariella Aïsha Azoulay, Nairy Baghramian, Bakri Bakhit, Marina Ballo Charmet, Abdul Sharif Baruwa, Daniel Bauer, Daniela Baumann, Dannielle Bowman, Rashayla Marie Brown, Jennofer Burris, Andy Campbell, Norma Elia Cantú, Clément Chéroux, Jean-François Chevrier, Sara Deraedt, Florian Ebner, Adama Delphine Fawundu, Thomas Fischer, Christine Frisinghelli, Seiichi Furuya, Veronika Gahmel, Rami George, Claudia Gerhäusser, Johannes Gierlinger, Ariel Goldberg, Julia Grosse, Fatima Guariota, Yasmina Haddad, Fields Harrington, Klaus Honnef, David Johnson, Liz Johnson Artur, Ron Jude, NIC Kay, Sydney King, Joachim Koester, Aglaia Konrad, Elke Krajewska, Paul Kuimet, Deana Lawson, Ulrich Loock, Andrea Lumplecker, KeliSafia Maksud, Susanne Miggitsch, N. N., Gregor Neuerer, Nadine Nour el Din, Christian Nyampeta, Nayare Soledad Otorongx, Élia Pijollet, Iki Yos Piña Narváez Funes, Barbara Proschak, Michal Raz-Russo, Jorge Ribalta, Martin Riegler, Marion Christina Rohrleitner, Isa Rosenberger, Rijin Sahakian, Niama Safia Sandy, Adania Shibli, Ahlam Shibli, Anna Shteynshleyger, Sherry Singleton, Nadir Souirgi, Corinne Spencer, Vivian Suter, Adam Szymczyk, Jürgen Tabor, Sophie Thun, Franziska Weinberger, James Welling, Susan Welsh, Jeffrey Whetstone, Stanley Wolukau-Wanambwa, Daniela Zehetner.

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ISBN 978-3-902911-58-2.
ISSN 1015 1915
GTIN 4 19 23106 26004 00151