Current exhibition: Austrian documentary photography
Projects by: Matthias Aschauer, Elisabeth Czihak, Otto Hainzl, Susanne Jakszus, Christopher Mavric, Zara Pfeifer, Helmut Steinecker, Rudolf Strobl
Exhibition Opening: January 22, 7 pm
Introduction to the exhibition: Sophia Greiff (FotoDoks Munich)
Exhibition Duration: January 23, 2014 to March 7, 2015
The exhibition brings together contemporary exponents of Austrian documentary photography.
In his series entitled Wildfremd − Straßenportraits aus Graz und Wien [Street portraits from Graz and Vienna] Christopher Mavric explores the street photography genre. Helmut Steinecker for his part has focused his objectively concentrated yet emotionally affecting photography on Tichá, a border village in southern Bohemia located along what was once the Iron Curtain. Matthias Aschauer's photographs of Attnang-Puchheim represent a scrutinising of his own background and origins while surveying the social landscape of Upper Austria.
In Corviale, the name of a block of flat with more than 8,000 residents on the outskirts of Rome, Otto Hainzl looks at plans and reality, architectural visions, and the individual lives actually encountered on site. Elisabeth Czihak's photographs of abandoned interiors evoke an almost forensic examination of human existence. Absence is a photographic documentation and interpretation of a municipal block of council flats in Vienna's 19th district which had stood empty for some two years at the time the photographs were taken. Zara Pfeifer's analogue colour photographs provide insights into the communal areas located within the large housing estate at Alterlaa in Vienna designed by Harry Glück, and take a look at the leisure activities of its residents, who have formed more than 32 clubs.
Photographer Rudolf Strobl grew up in Salzburg and this work is an intimate exploration of his relationship with his parents and the story of their − and his − alienation. Susanne Jakszus's work delineates the boundary area between photo-documentary project and photo reportage. Her series Happy Ending examines the phenomena of sex tourism in Pattaya outside Bangkok.
Matthias Aschauer, born 1984 in Vöcklabruck, lives and works in Wien.
Elisabeth Czihak, born 1966 in Tübingen (Germany), lives and works in Wien.
Susanne Jakszus, born 1968 in Wien, lives and works in Wien.
Otto Hainzl, born 1966 in Linz, lives and works in Linz.
Christopher Mavric, born 1985 in Bruck an der Mur, lives and works in Graz und Wien.
Zara Pfeifer, born 1984 in Köln (Germany), lives and works in Wien.
Helmut Steinecker, born 1980 in Unterwald, lives and works in Upper Austria.
Rudolf Strobl, born 1983 in Salzburg, lives and works in Wien.