Current exhibition:
DANA LIXENBERG: Imperial Courts 1993−2015

Exhibition run: 2 August − 28 September 2019

Dana Lixenberg Buddy, 2009
Courtesy of the Artist and GRIMM, Amsterdam | New York

FOTOHOF is showing the groundbreaking work Imperial Courts, 1993−2015 by Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg, its first such presentation in Austria. The project, featuring residents of Imperial Courts, a public housing project in Watts, South Central L.A., was produced over the period of twenty-two years.

Lixenberg's highly committed project came about in the aftermatch of the riots of 1992, which were the consequence of the acquittal of the four LAPD officers who had used brutal violence against Rodney King, an African American motorist, during his arrest. In the wake of the riots, Lixenberg made a series on the rebuilding of South Cental L.A. for a Dutch publication. This trip was the genesis of her Imperial Courts work. She became interested in exploring life in the projects through a stripped down and de-sensationalized approach, and returned to the area in the following year. After being introduced to Tony Bogard, leader of the PJ Watts Crips gang, and securing his approval, she found her way into the community of Imperial Courts and slowly gained the trust of the residents. Using a large-format camera and black-and-white film, all portraits were made outdoors with natural light, with the subjects depicted as both self-assured and vulnerable.

Her portraits are sustained by a sense of mutual respect, in a relationship lasting more than two decades. What changes over that period of time is not just the physiognomy and the bearing of the protagonists (due to their apparel and/or hairstyles), but also the appearance of the housing estate and its architecture.
Over the time span of the project some in the community were killed while others disappeared or went to jail. Children featured in earlier photographs had grown up and established families of their own. Lixenberg expanded the project with video and audio recordings to create a nuanced portrait that is also sociological in its scope and impact. In this way, Imperial Courts constitutes a complex and evocative record of the passage of time in an underserved community.

Dana Lixenberg, born 1964 in Amsterdam; 1984 London College of Printing; 1987 Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam; lives and works in Amsterdam and New York.


FOTOHOF archive:
PLAYING THE PAST − Iryna Pap, Valery Miloserdov, Dima Sergeev

Exhibition run: 9 August − 30 November 2019

Iryna Pap − Kommunar factory in Zaporizhzhia, production of a low-cost car Zaporozhets, 1960

An interactive installation featuring Ukrainian press photographs from the period 1957 to 1971 invites you to play with the past.  The main part of the exhibition is comprised of photographs from the archive of Iryna Pap, a press photographer born in 1917 who worked for the Soviet newspaper Izvestia, among others. Her work is representative of a social realism in Soviet photography that ranges from photographs of smiling factory workers and new urban building projects to documenting congresses within the Party. In its context the affirmative imagery can be seen both as a form of documentary and as a document per se.

The second part of the exhibition consists of an installation entitled Unfixing. Projected in this section are two visually distorted black-and-white films which the photographers Valery Miloserdov and Dima Sergeev discovered in their own family archives.
Both parts of the exhibition showcase different ways of documenting and recalling historical events. Firstly, the official press photography and its kinship to propaganda; secondly, private amateur films featuring a public spring-cleaning campaign and the swearing-in of recruits.

FOTOHOF archive
Sparkassenstraße 2, 5020 Salzburg
Opening hours: on appointment only



Photobook Drop-In Session

Saturday, 10 August, 11 am 1 pm


Opening and Artist Talk:
8 August, 7 pm at the archive

Gerti Deutsch Life in Japan

Exhibiton opening and reading: 27 June, 7 pm


9 April − Talk at FOTOHOF

Katharina Gruzei − Bodies of Work

6 April − Book presentation in Vienna

It's a book

Book fair in Leipzig

photobook market

FOTO WIEN − 23 + 24 March

3 Artists in Conversation

FOTOHOF talk: 14 March 2019, 7 pm

Inge Morath − La vita. La Fotografia.

Exhibition in Treviso, Italy

Lisl Ponger. Professione: fotografa

Book presentation at Rupertinum, Salzburg: 23. February

Liebhaberei der Millionäre Der Wiener Camera-Club um 1900

Book presentation in Vienna - 21 February


Foto Wien − 23+24 March 2019

Artist Talk: Mark Steinmetz

25 January at FOTOHOF