Symposion on Photography XXI: The Violence of Images


Symposion on  Photography XXI:
The Violence of Images

5.10.2018, 16:00–20:00
6.10.2018, 14:00–20:00

Camera Austria, Graz

By registration only: Angelika Maierhofer
Free Entry

Language: English

A collaboration of Camera Austria and steirischer herbst

Christine Frisinghelli
Marina Gržinić
Ana Hoffner
Tom Holert
Jakub Majmurek
Guy Mannes-Abbott
Ines Schaber
Ana Teixeira Pinto
Ala Younis


Illustration: Symposion on Photography I, Fotogalerie im Forum Stadtpark, Graz, 1979. Photo: Helmut Tezak.


The state of crisis in which countless societies have long been immersed, at varying intensities and for different reasons, has given rise to a wealth of images of violence, which also implies the question of the violence of images themselves. “Doing without ugly images is not possible,” stated Austria’s Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in January 2016, with a view to the rejection of refugees at the European border toward the south. But why are these images “ugly”? Don’t they secure the status of the non-citizen-existence, because they attach to the people rendered—usually nameless, anonymous, de-personalized—a very specific framework, determining the framework of their existence as a non-right-to-existence, people stranded at the permanent border of citizenship, not allowed to cross, situated outside any official territory, de-subjectivized and devoid of rights? In this sense, are not these images also committing acts of violence? Lies the uglyness within these violence? The contributions to the Symposion on Photography attempt to unlock the framework of these images, to make apparent those moments when the representation of violence turns into a violence of representation.

Christine Frisinghelli is a co-founder of Camera Austria and the magazine Camera Austria International. She lives in Graz.
Marina Gržinić is an artist and teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She lives in Ljubljana and Vienna.
Ana Hoffner is engaged in an art practice that reworks moments of crisis and conflict in recent history. Her book The Queerness of Memory has been published at b_books Berlin (2018).
Tom Holert is an art historian and cultural critic who recently curated the exhibition “Neolithic Childhood. Art in a False Present, c. 1930” at HKW, Berlin. He lives in Berlin.
Jakub Majmurek is a philosopher, film expert, and political columnist. He lives in Warsaw.
Guy Mannes-Abbott is a writer, essayist, and critic. He lives in London.
Ines Schaber is an artist and teaches at the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia. She lives in Los Angeles and Berlin.
Ana Teixeira Pinto is a writer and cultural theorist who teaches at the Berlin University of the Arts. She lives in Berlin.
Ala Younis is an artist and co-founder of the publication platform Kayfa ta. She lives in Amman.