Camera Austria International

134 | 2016

  • ANETTE KUBITZA
    Flirting with the Fringe. A Conversation with Annette Frick
  • ANNETTE FRICK
  • MAREN LÜBBKE-TIDOW / BEATRIX RUF
    Isa Genzken: Allowing a Stronger World Presence
  • ISA GENZKEN
  • GABRIELE SCHOR
    There Is Joy in Repetition. A Conversation between Gabriele Schor and Stefanie Seibold
  • STEFANIE SEIBOLD
  • KIRSTY BELL
    Recalibrating the Eye. Ken Okiishi and Kirsty Bell in Conversation
  • KEN OKIISHI
  • OMAR KHOLEIF
    Spring Has Sprung and Become Summer, Again. A Thought Process on the Image of the Revolutionary Body

Vorwort

The artists introduced here by our guest editor Maren Lübbke-Tidow are connected by the radicality of their thought and action, as well as by the way in which they subvert and overcome visual conventions. The flickering visual appearances of their image worlds refer to specific aesthetic experiences and aesthetic knowledge. Everyday contemporary cultural surface aesthetics are just as much a critical and seductive point of reference for them as the discourses on purity and canonised art scholarship. They explore new forms of permeability, persevere in zones of transition, and with gestures ranging from provocative and extreme to camp, they sensitise the viewer to other, hybrid contexts of perception.

Volltext

Camera Austria International 134 | 2016
Vorwort

The artists introduced here are connected by the radicality of their thought and action, as well as by the way in which they subvert and overcome visual conventions. The flickering visual appearances of their image worlds refer to specific aesthetic experiences and aesthetic knowledge. Everyday contemporary cultural surface aesthetics are just as much a critical and seductive point of reference for them as the discourses on purity and canonised art scholarship. They explore new forms of permeability, persevere in zones of transition, and with gestures ranging from provocative and extreme to camp, they sensitise the viewer to other, hybrid contexts of perception.
Annette Frick comes from the punk movement. As an artist with a feminist agenda, she focuses mainly on the portrait form. In a photographic project that has been working stubbornly against the establishment for a good twenty years, she has accompanied a group of people living in Berlin in niches outside of heteronormative orders who have attained an understanding of self with flamboyance, decadence, glamour, and carnivalesque travesty despite or precisely because of all the historical and present-day critical factors standing in the way of their definitions of self. Anette Kubitza spoke to the artist about her work.
In its visual expression, Stefanie Seibold’s latest sculptural and photographic work can be clearly attributed to Post-Minimalism. A closer look makes it clear that she’s proposing a new formal vocabulary resulting from her aim to consider queerness beyond all discourses around the body. Indeed, her interest is far more radical: she separates queerness from the body entirely, and in doing so,
succeeds in addressing the political agendas of queer theory in an entirely new way. Gabriele Schor talks to Stefanie Seibold about her work.
Ken Okiishi explores the hybridity of the digital surfaces dominating our Internet-based everyday life. He works with a form that doesn’t necessarily critically reflect upon the transience of the electronic dissemination of information, but that first of all asserts a material pictorial quality. An approach to his work initially takes place through the image as a posited aesthetic appearance; delving into the deeper layers of his screens brings about a demystification of canonised knowledge. Kirsty Bell spoke to the artist about whether or not his mannered works can also be understood as melancholic or camp gestures directed at the art establishment.
Similarly to Ken Okiishi, Isa Genzken’s work directly addresses contemporaneity and its everyday aesthetic appearances. Over the past several decades, more than most, her work was and continues to be ever-present as a constant and (productively) unsettling undercurrent. This year’s exhibitions in Amsterdam and Berlin have once again brought about a change in the reception of her work; the artist is celebrated widely. Beatrix Ruf discusses the reasons behind this marked shift in reception, what it says about the present day, and what new connections come to the fore when we view Genzken’s work.
The School for Artistic Photography in Vienna, founded by artist Friedl Kubelka, has been in existence for over twenty-five years: more than enough occasion to dedicate the Forum to this school. Its director, the artist Anja Manfredi, has selected six young artists.
I’d like to thank the artists and authors for their collaboration on this edition of Camera Austria International, as well as Reinhard Braun and the editorial team for inviting me to give it its thematic contour as guest editor.

Maren Lübbke-Tidow
June 2016

 

Cover: Isa Genzken / Wolfgang Tillmans, from the series: Atelier, 1993. B/w photograph, 40 × 30 cm.
Courtesy: Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin/New York.

Beiträge

Forum

Presented by Anja Manfredi:
Antonia Wagner-Strauss
Olivia Coeln
Leonard Prochazka
Sebastian Köck
Alexander Sova
Alexandra Wanderer

Ausstellungen

Susan Meiselas: Carrying the Past, Forward
Fotografie Forum Frankfurt
VERENA KUNI

Helena Almeida: Corpus / My work is my body, my body is my work
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto
Jeu de Paume, Paris
WIELS, Brussels
MICHÈLE COHEN-HADRIA

Özlem Altin: »Hole or screen (her body, a fragment)«
Galerie Raum mit Licht, Vienna
MARGIT NEUHOLD

Sharon Hayes: In My Little Corner of the World, Anyone Would Love You
Studio Voltaire, London
FRANCESCA LAURA CAVALLO

Renate Bertlmann: Amo Ergo Sum. Ein subversives Politprogramm
Vertikale Galerie in der Verbund-Zentrale, Vienna
MANISHA JOTHADY

Ricochet #10: Amie Siegel. Double Negative
Villa Stuck, Munich
Amie Siegel: Part 2. Ricochet
Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
MORITZ SCHEPER

Hawser / Hofer
mumok Vienna
CHRISTIAN HÖLLER

Empty Fields
SALT Galata, Istanbul
BASAK SENOVA

Jorge Ribalta: Monumentmaschine
Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart
BETTINA LOCKEMANN

Jason Larkin: Past Perfect
Museum für Photographie Braunschweig
RADEK KROLCYK

Sammy Baloji & Filip De Boeck: Urban Now. City Life in Congo
WIELS, Brussels
TINA SCHULZ

Wir Flüchtlinge. Von dem Recht, Rechte zu haben
Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
SABINE WEIER

Muster des Wiederholens
Mit anderen Augen. Das Porträt in der zeitgenössischen Fotografie
Kunst Museum Bonn
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln
Kunsthalle Nürnberg und Kunsthaus im KunstKulturQuartier, Nürnberg
Ich
Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main
GISLIND NABAKOWSKI

Photography is here to stay in Turin
CAMERA – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia
LUIGI FASSI

Bread and Roses. Artists and the Class Divide
Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
JAKUB MAJMUREK

Bücher

Heartfields Schule
Zu den Fotocollagen auf Buchcovern von Lothar Reher und Christian Chruxin
Spektrum
Verlag Volk und Welt, Ost-Berlin 1968 – 1993
das neue buch
Rowohlt, Reinbek 1972 – 1986
JAN WENZEL

Alexandra Leykauf
Roma Publications, Amsterdam 2016
JULIA GWENDOLYN SCHNEIDER

Henrik Strömberg: Mashti
Neumeister Bar-Am, Berlin 2016
REBECCA WILTON

Guadalupe Ruiz: Kleine Fotoenzyklopädie
Eigenverlag, Bern 2015
ANDREAS PRINZING

Florence Derieux (ed.): Tom Burr
Anthology. Writings 1991–2015
FRAC, Reims; Sternberg Press, Berlin 2015
YUKI HIGASHINO

Impressum

Publisher: Reinhard Braun

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

Guest editor: Maren Lübbke-Tidow

Editors: Margit Neuhold, Sabine Weier.

Translations: Peter McCavana, Anette Kubitza, Wilfried Prantner, Andrea Scrima.

English proofreading: Dawn Michelle d’Atri, Andrea Scrima.

Acknowledgments: Özlem Altin, Hilma Bäckström, Kirsty Bell, Vanessa Bersis, Galerie Buchholz, Olivia Coeln, Diedrich Diederichsen, Yilmaz Dwiezior, Doris Einwallner, Annette Frick, Christine Frisinghelli, Lise De Greef, Kathi Hofer, Stewart Home, Omar Kholeif, Sebastian Köck, Anette Kubitza, Anja Manfredi, Noële Ody, Pascal Petignat, Johannes Porsch, Mario Rizzi, Beatrix Ruf, Maruša Sagadin, Toni Schmale, Gabriele Schor, Andreas Schulze, Stefanie Seibold, Tilman Seibold, Tytti Seibold, Samuel Seger, Emma Sidgwick, Alexander Sova, Leonard Prochazka, Wolfgang Tillmans, Antonia Wagner-Strauss, Alexandra Wanderer.

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ISBN 978-3-902911-26-1
ISSN 1015 1915
GTIN 4 19 23106 1600 5 00134