G.R.A.M. − Der Regenschirm, die Schaufeln und der koreanische Tanz
Exhibition run: 10 August − 23 September 2017
Opens: 10 August, 7.30 pm
Introduction: Christina Natlacen (Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst Leipzig)
The events featured in G.R.A.M. re-enactments are not the ones people think they remember. Indeed, while the re-enactments often do reference actual people or historical figures, they are not particularly interested in them. For the G.R.A.M. artists, it is more about the multi-layered, image-critical strategy they devised some twenty years ago. The group of artists known as G.R.A.M. is interested first and foremost in ‘visuality’ in general and the way in which it is structured, its many different strategies and interpretations. And, in this context, different media and materials play a pivotal role.
In their exhibition at Salzburg’s FOTOHOF, G.R.A.M. re-enacts select images from everyday media, from topical political news of the recent past. So it’s hard to dispel the impression of the paradoxical, of the (at times) absurdly surreal; in fact, that impression is even deliberately provoked. Entirely new content is created simply by strategically tweaking a panning shot, i.e. by substituting the protagonists, changing the locations, dressing up the references. Where one particular original might depict young Korean soldiers doing ballet exercises, the same scene as re-imagined by G.R.A.M. features their own involvement and that of their many peers. All of a sudden the context within which the protagonists evolve is completely different. Is it a self-help group playing out some group dynamics game as a way out of its misery?
(Günther Holler-Schuster, *1963, Martin Behr,* 1964), they live and work in Graz, Austria.
Inge Morath − Photos and Letters
Biographic Material from the Archive
Sparkassenstraße 2, 5020 Salzburg
Opening hours: on appointment only
Exhibition run: 10 August 2017 − 13 January 2018
At this exhibition, the FOTOHOF archiv offers insights into more than twenty years of collaboration with renowned Magnum photographer Inge Morath (1923-2002). A cross-section of her key works are to be showcased in special versions, alongside early drafts and contact copies. The exhibition of photographs is to be complemented with an extensive selection of letters and essays. The presentation is also an opportunity to revisit the production of numerous exhibitions and photo books.