Michael Höpfner – FÜNF WEGE ZU FUSS
Exhibition run: 7 February − 4 April 2020
Opens: 6 February, 7 pm
The photographer and conceptual artist Michael Höpfner is regarded as one of the few contemporary exponents of Land Art in Austria. His drawings, diary sketches and, first and foremost, his analogue photographs were created as he hiked and trekked for weeks on end, often in very remote regions of the world such as the high plateaus of Tibet or the valleys of the Alps.
In a slow process the artist then transforms his creative output into wall-mounted auratic artefacts defined by a multi-layered materiality. His artistic approach is a search for mankind’s relationship with nature and characterised by his apprehension of the world as an existential experience.
"His search for minimization is realised first and foremost in his travels to distant countries and regions. In his photographs and installations, not only does he separate the essential from the unimportant ballast, but he also firmly trains his entire focus on that essence as a narrative counterpart. No sentence, no information is too much. All that is useful is stated; all else remains unstated." (Carola Leitner)
Michael Höpfner was born in Krems/Donau, Austria, in 1972; he lives and works in Vienna. Michael Höpfner studied painting and graphic art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and at the Department for Fine Art Photography at the Glasgow School of Art. He teaches art and photography at the Art and Photography Studio at the Academy of Fine Arts. Since 1995 he has travelled extensively in Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, northern India, Nepal, western China, South Korea, Senegal, Libya, Iceland, Scotland, Albania, Greece and Italy.
Works by Heidi Harsieber
Exhibition run: 28 November 2019 − 4 April 2020
Thursday, 20 February 2020, 7 pm
Exhibition Opening: Einblicke. Künstler und ihre Partner
Heidi Harsieber in conversation
Analogue Slide Show Projection: trash
Musical accompaniment by Franz Koglmann (flugelhorn) and Peter Herbert (bass).
FOTOHOF archiv / Sparkassenstraße 2 / 5020 Salzburg / Austria
Between 2004 and 2014 the Viennese photographer Heidi Harsieber took photographs of artists and their partners during at times elaborate and long drawn-out portrait sessions. The photo book Einblicke [Insights] (published in the FOTOHOF edition) collated some of this work in book form. The FOTOHOF archiv has now been given the negatives and many of the originals from this sizeable group of works and, as part of this exhibition, offers an insight into this body of work. The exhibition takes a look ‘behind’ the individual photographs used to produce the book and showcases examples of the original series of photographs in the form of groups of photos. These photo groups are largely originals by Heidi Harsieber, who used series such as these to address her topic.
Another group of works by Heidi Harsieber entitled Trash dates from the early 1970s and features abstract colour photographs that were first shown at the Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts in Vienna in 1975 as part of a slide show; they have rarely been on display since.
Sparkassenstraße 2, 5020 Salzburg
Opening hours: on appointment only