Camera Austria International

43/44 | 1993

Symposion on Photography XIII
Identities

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  • BORIS GROYS
    Truth in Photography
  • MIYAKO ISHIUCHI
    1.9.4.7
  • MARY KELLY: Interim
    Interim
  • JEFF KOONS
  • WLADIMIR KUPRIJANOW
  • JACK PIERSON: 1993
    1993
  • ROSE MARTIN
    Putting Us All in the Picture. The Work of Jo Spence
  • JO SPENCE
  • EVA MEYER
    The Experience of Similarity
  • BORIS MIHAILOV
    Walking with Borja
  • IRIT ROGOFF
    Terra Infirma. Geographies and Identities

Preface

“In today’s Europe, once again a place of exile, flight and homelessness, there is no issue of more central relevance than that of identity . The topic chosen for the 1992 Symposium on Photography XIII- Identities – is to make tangible the contradictory and forcible nature of any static concept of (one’s own) identity or (the other’s) non-identity. Appreciating political realities, the participating theorist and artists will reflect on a positive definition of identity as an essential or unalterable asset of the individual. The focus on photographic representation i also a focus on how identities are established in the so-called media of reality: it is particularly the representation of the other, the exotic, the foreign where our strategies of appropriation may become apparent.

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Camera Austria International 43/44 | 1993
Preface

“In today’s Europe, once again a place of exile, flight and homelessness, there is no issue of more central relevance than that of identity . The topic chosen for the 1992 Symposium on Photography XIII- Identities – is to make tangible the contradictory and forcible nature of any static concept of (one’s own) identity or (the other’s) non-identity. Appreciating political realities, the participating theorist and artists will reflect on a positive definition of identity as an essential or unalterable asset of the individual. The focus on photographic representation i also a focus on how identities are established in the so-called media of reality: it is particularly the representation of the other, the exotic, the foreign where our strategies of appropriation may become apparent.

What, then , are the straggles that allow us to recognize, deconstruct and reverse manifest hierarchies? If we regard the artist’s task as making visible what would otherwise remain invisible, we should, when dealing with media of representation (in our case, photography),  unveil the fiction of identity, question any absolute definition of right or wrong, permitted and prohibited, “black” and “white” and, instead of identifying images as positive or negatives, set in motion at process of experience and appropriation.

This was the point of departure for artists and theorists dealing with the topic of the Symposium on Photography XIII during styrian autumn ’92. The contributions to the symposium are documented in this double issue of CAMERA AUSTRIA No. 43/44. We hope that this publication will promote a continuing debate on the questions set forth above.

The dual object of the Symposium on Photography – being a form for thematic, theoretical as well as artistic debate- is reflected by philosophical contributions (Boris Groys: Truth in Photography; Eva Meyer: The Experience of Similarity; Irit Rogoff: Terra Infirma- Geographies and Identities; Mary Kelly speaking on her Interim project and Rosy Martin on the work of Jo Spence and their joint development of photo therapy) – and purely photographic/artistic explorations of the theme (Miyako Ishiuchi, Wladimir Kuprijanow, Boris Mihailov, Jack Piersons).

In connection with the theme of “Identity”, we had a special interest in the important work of Jo Spence which is little known in the German languages area. We thank Rosy Martin and also Terry Dennett who curates the Jo Spence Memorial Archive, for facilitating the exhibition and this second publication in Jo Spence in CAMERA AUSTRIA.

“Public Images” and “Identities” – the themes of the two most recent symposia- should be seen in connection with each other and with this year’s theme: WAR (Forum Stadtpark Graz, 2-4 October 1993).

Christine Frisinghelli

Entries

Forum

MARINA BALLO CHARMET

LUCA CAMPIGOTTO

WALTER NIEDERMAYR

LUTZ POLTROCK

KLAUS FRITSCH

BARBARA DOMBROWSKI

TOM STAPPERS

ANDREAS URBAN

JOHN DARWELL

PEPE GALOVART

EILEEN VAN ESSEN

JON BATURIN

ISTVAN BALOGH

PETER LUNDH VON LEITHNER

MARIA-THERESIA LITSCHAUER

WILLIAM GUERRIERI

ROMAN RAHMACHER

GSALLER

HIEBLER / ERTL

Exhibitions

KEN LUM
FRANZ NIEGELHELL

DER WILLE ZUR VERSTELLUNG
HARALD JURKOVIC

FOTOAUSBILDUNG WOHIN? Eine DGPh-Tagung in Leipzig
THILO KOENIG

FOTOGRAFIE UND ARCHITEKTUR / Leon Mogil zum Gedenken
ANSELM WAGNER

KETTENANIMATION
MARC RIES

IN CONTROL
MAGDALENA FELICE

FOTOGRAFISCHE WERKE
ROLF SACHSSE

RUDOLF SCHWARZKOGLER / Zwischen Erscheinung und Bedeutung
KERSTIN BRAUN

DAS GEDÄCHTNIS DER BILDER – BALTISCHE FOTOKUNST HEUTE
ANNEMARIE HüRLIMANN

KATHARINA SIEVERDING
KERSTIN BRAUN

KASIMIR, PAUL UND ANDERE. Zur Arbeit von Christoph Steinbrenner
LUCAS GEHRMANN

Books

THE RECONFIGURED EYE
FRANZ NIEGELHELL

HERTA WOLF: GLAUBEN MACHEN / Ãœber deutschsprachige Reiseberichte aus der Sowjetunion
MARC RIES

FRANTISEK DRTIKOL
KERSTIN BRAUN

MONTAGE AND MODERN LIFE
FRANZ NIEGELHELL

ERINNERUNG AN DIE DIENSTZEIT
MAGDALENA FELICE

DIE REISE ZUM HEILIGEN SEBASTIAN
MAGDALENA FELICE

RÄUME
KERSTIN BRAUN

HUBERT MATT – ARBEITEN
MAGDALENA FELICE

AN DIESER STELLE DER FLIEDERBUSCH

Imprint

Publisher: Manfred Willmann.
Verein CAMERA AUSTRIA, Labor für Fotografie und Theorie
FORUM STADTPARK, Stadtpark 1, A-8010 Graz

Editor: Christine Frisinghelli
Editing Team: Reinhard Braun, Karin Egger, Magdalena Verena Felice

Translation: Klaus Feichtenberger, Wilfried Prantner, Bärbel Fink, Noriko Nimmerrichter, Catherine Kerkhoff – Saxon