Camera Austria International

78 | 2002

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  • CATHERINE DAVID
    Dossier - Images from the Arab World
  • LAMIA JOREIGE
    Replay
  • AKRAM ZAATARI / VAN LEO
    Her + Him Van Leo
  • WALID RAAD / AKRAM ZAATARI
    Mapping Sitting
  • JALAL TOUFIC
    Saving Face
  • FOUAD HELMI
  • RANDA SHAAT
  • YTO BARRADA
    The Strait. A Record of Northern Ennui
  • MONIKA SCHWÄRZLER
    Ingrid Simon: What are the good things and the bad things about leaving home?
  • INGRID SIMON
  • ANDREAS SPIEGL
    Lotte Lyon: The Haptic Image
  • LOTTE LYON
  • MAREN LÜBBKE
    Tatiana Lecomte
  • TATIANA LECOMTE
  • ROLF SACHSSE
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Preface

The main feature in this issue is the Dossier – Images du Monde Arabe, a project concieved by Catherine David for Camera Austria that marks the start of an ongoing focus on articstic positions in the Arab world. The concept of the archive played a crucial role in putting together the dossier, a compilation of hystorical and current positions: the Fondation Arabe pour l’Image, an institution founded by artists, among others, in Beirut in 1997, sets out to collect and preserve photographic documents from the entire Arab world, with the aim of allowing historians, theorists, but also photo and video artists to draw upon the the collection for topical projects. The essay „Saving Face“ by Jalal Toufic and the article „Mapping Sitting“ by Akram Zaatari and Walid Raad in this issue document artistic/analytical approach, illustrating the Foundation’s historical and theoretical work and collecting activities; the video installation „Replay“ by Lamia Joreige and Akram Zaatari’s print version of „Her + Him Van Leo“ conceived for this publication ( a transcript of a film shot in collaboration with the recently deceased Egyptian photographer Van Leo) are one example of the current artistic approach to and handling of the archive: artists are taking recourse to existing historical material – be it of private provenance and/or of documentary quality – and weaving it into autonomous works based on their artistic and political positions.

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Camera Austria International 78 | 2002
Preface

The main feature in this issue is the Dossier – Images du Monde Arabe, a project concieved by Catherine David for Camera Austria that marks the start of an ongoing focus on articstic positions in the Arab world. The concept of the archive played a crucial role in putting together the dossier, a compilation of hystorical and current positions: the Fondation Arabe pour l’Image, an institution founded by artists, among others, in Beirut in 1997, sets out to collect and preserve photographic documents from the entire Arab world, with the aim of allowing historians, theorists, but also photo and video artists to draw upon the the collection for topical projects. The essay „Saving Face“ by Jalal Toufic and the article „Mapping Sitting“ by Akram Zaatari and Walid Raad in this issue document artistic/analytical approach, illustrating the Foundation’s historical and theoretical work and collecting activities; the video installation „Replay“ by Lamia Joreige and Akram Zaatari’s print version of „Her + Him Van Leo“ conceived for this publication ( a transcript of a film shot in collaboration with the recently deceased Egyptian photographer Van Leo) are one example of the current artistic approach to and handling of the archive: artists are taking recourse to existing historical material – be it of private provenance and/or of documentary quality – and weaving it into autonomous works based on their artistic and political positions.
It was also important to us to steer clear of the Euro-centric and/or exotic view of the Arab world, working instead with artists who can provide an insight into the status of historical and contemporary image production in the Arab world by virtue of their biographical background and their methodical approach of working with source material.  This is impressivly documented by the contributions by Yto Barrada (Morocco / Paris), Fouad Helmi (Egypt), Hashem el Madani (Lebanon), Randa Shaath (Cairo). We would like to express many thanks to the artists, Catherine David, the organisers of the Fondation Arabe de l’Image and, last but not least, our translator Wilfried Prantner for their great cooperation on this project.

Parallel to this we are also presenting three artistic positions from Austria: Ingrid Simon, Lotte Lyon and Tatiana Lecomte are artists from a younger generation who have probably long been familiar to an initiated circle of art producers but who, we feel, have not been able to impact sufficiantly on an art scene with ist mesh of powerful galleries that has changed so profoundly in recent years. We would like to give them the space they deserve, as examples for this generation. In her work „Present Continuous“ Ingrid Simon methodically takes up conceptual artistic techniques; in her politically motivated photo-text montages created in Italy she focuses on refugees and their arrival in a new world in which diefferent linguistic laws apply and must be learned in order to survive. Lotte Lyon, in contrast, assumes a strict sculptural position. The fact that today the concept of sculpture must be understood widely and independently of specific media is illustrated by her photographic works with which, among other things, she investigates the (absent) body. Tatiana Lecomte, on the other hand, represents a distinctly photographic position – a rarity in Austria among young artists. Her different series must be seen as parts of an overall complex of works, with which she develops and promotes her own language of images. She intentionally only hints at topics, her stand-alone image compositions appear ostensibly unprententious, and yet her camera view bespeaks emotional involvement without provoking voyeuristic views.

Christine Frisinghelli, Maren Lübke

Entries

Forum

OLIVER GODOW

JENS OLAF LASTHEIN

PIT+STÈF

WLADISLAW JURASCHKO / VIKTORIA JURASCHKO

IVAN MOUDOV / DESSISLAVA DIMOVA

ERZEN SHKOLOLLI

MONA FILZ

ROBERTO DE LUCA

BORIS MISSIRKOV / GEORGI BOGDANOV

FRAUKE EIGEN

PAUL CUNNINGHAM

Exhibitions

Another Vietnam
International Center of Photography, New York
CARLO MCCORMICK

Painting´s Photographic Memory
Gerhard Richter: Forty years of Painting
Museum of Modern Art, New York
RACHEL BAUM

A history of the world: Raymond Pettibon
MACBA, Barcelona
MANEL CLOT

David Goldblatt: Fifty-one years
AXA Gallery, New York; MACBA, Barcelona; Centro Cultural de Belém, Lissabon; MOMA, Oxford
AMANDA CUESTA

Hans-Peter Feldmann

Fundació Antoni Tápies, Barcelona
Centre national de la photographie, Paris
Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
MANUEL OLVEIRA

Modernismo tropical: Sergio Vega
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville
ANNE BARCLAY MORGAN

Manfred Pernice: Restepfanne
Galerie NEU, Berlin
KIRSTY BELL

Whitney Museum of American Art Biennal exhibition 2002: Vacuuming Up
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
RACHEL BAUM

Douglas Huebler
Camden Arts Centre, London
JOHN SLYCE

Reality Check:
2. Triennale der Photographie Hamburg
BURCU DOGRAMACI

Chris Cunningham
Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
PETRA SCHRÖCK

Die Wahrheit und nichts als die Wahrheit… (unvollendet).
Markus Huemer: Honesty Knows no Bounds
Galerie Mezzanin, Wien
SABINE SCHASCHL

Dunja Evers: Zustände
Fotomuseum Winterthur

Kunstmuseum Bonn
Kunstverein Göttingen
CAROLIN FÖRSTER

Volksboutique organizational ventures: Christine Hill
Kunstverein Wolfsburg
Migros Museum, Zürich
Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig
SØNKE GAU

Margherita Spiluttini: Nach der Landschaft/Konstruktionen der Landschaft
Technisches Museum, Wien
SUSANNE NEUBURGER

Books

Der Autobiograph. Michael Janiszewski: Fotoarbeiten 1990–1999
Edition Camera Austria, Graz 2000
INGO TAUBHORN

Methodische Halluzination. Ein poetischer Blick auf die Nachtwache von Ute Langanky
DuMont Verlag, Köln 2001
FERDINAND SCHMATZ

Peter Nádas: Schöne Geschichte der Fotografie
Berlin Verlag, Berlin 2001
MAGDALENA KRÖNER

ENTDECKE DIE WELT
Andreas Exenberger: Außenseiter im Weltsystem. Die Sonderwege von Kuba, Libyen und Iran.
Brandes & Apsel, Frankfurt / Main 2002

Volker Perthes: Geheime Gärten. Die neue arabische Welt.
Siedler Verlag, Berlin 2002
KRYSTIAN WOZNICKI

Gary Lee Boas: Starstruck
dilettante press, Los Angeles 1999
HIAS WRBA

Elsaesser / Buckland: Studying contemporary americam film. A guide to movie analysis
Arnold, London 2002
DREHLI ROBNIK

Larry Clark: Bully
FABIAN STECH

Imprint

Publisher: Manfred Willmann. Owner: Verein CAMERA AUSTRIA, Labor für Fotografie und Theorie
All: Sparkassenplatz 2, A-8010 Graz

Editors: Christine Frisinghelli, Maren Lübbke
Editorial assistants: Anja Rösch, Nora Theiss

Translations: Daniela Böhmler, Josephine Watson, Wilfried Prantner, Richard Watts