Hannah Darabi, Farzane Ghadyanloo, Navid Reza Haghighi, Laurence Rasti, Behnam Sadighi, Bahram Shabani, Newsha Tavakolian

In the FOTOHOF archive: Christian Wachter - EUROPE

Opens at January 26, 7.30 pm
Exhibition run: January 27  − March 4 2017

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The pictures at this exhibition offer insights into areas of life and social conditions in Iran to which outsiders are normally not privy. They range from the everyday changes to Tehran’s urban landscape to living conditions within Iranian middle-class families, which are private and therefore beyond the control of the state, to photographs of people who escape into a parallel world.
Stunning anonymous street portraits by Bahram Shabani depict the frame of mind of commuters as they pour into the city centre of Tehran from the suburbs; Navid Reza Haghighi for his part explores the way in which public life plays out in Tehran’s parks and green spaces.
In her work entitled There Are No Homosexuals in Iran, Laurence Rasti uses symbolically charged portraits to highlight the precarious situation of people with same-sex sexual orientations, which carry the threat of severe punishment. Behnam Sadighi accompanies young people along lonely beaches where, in small groups, they can be completely among themselves, unobserved. Showcased in dramatic lighting against the backdrop of urban architecture, the staged portraits of Newsha Tavakolian show how, in Iran too, modern lifestyles tend to divide individuals as much as they unite them. And while Hannah Darabi draws on everyday life in Tehran for her photographic narratives, Farzane Ghadyanloo focuses on the chaotically affectionate family gatherings in her own house.



In the FOTOHOF archive:
Christian Wachter:
EUROPE. rêvée, revue, revisited

Christian Wachter - Europe. Chapter Four, Place Gambetta.
Gelatine silver print on Baryte paper, embossed stamp, 50 x 60 cm

In 1992, right after the signing of the Maastricht Treaty and the promulgation of the rules and regulations for the new political union, Austrian fine art photographer Christian Wachter set off in search of the ideas and ideals on which this new Europe would be built. He was influenced in his quest by central European thinkers such as Jacques Rancière, Ferdinand de Saussure and Walter Benjamin.

In the urban layouts and architecture of Parisian squares (but also in Vienna and Italy) he found 'signs' (which according to de Saussure not only re-produce reality, but also actively produce it) for that which has been and that which will come, 'as if looking at the present and the near future from the distant past'.
This series, which Christian Wachter rediscovered, as it were, in his own archive in 2013, features twelve chapters comprising large baryta-coated analogue prints. They have been expanded with historical typefaces to 'achieve a formal anachronism and a structural "dissensus" (Jacques Rancière) in the relationships between the images and the captions'.

It is 'by no means an encyclopaedic-documentary-systematic-topographical description of "Europe". Rather, an idiosyncratic, not to say "heretic", historiography, European IMAGI-NATIONS, as it were'.

Christian Wachter, born in Oberwart, Austria, in 1949, lives and works in Vienna.



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