Exhibition / Staged photography / Performing re-enactment / Fotogalerie Wien / 2014 - 2015
The contemporary self is under pressure. It has to assert its own capital between he technologically expansive social networks and the self-published performance record demanded by neoliberalism. The self has to be both affective and effective. At the same time there is continuous access to its increasingly de-privatised data. In this year’s special focus, BIOGRAPHY, the FOTOGALERIE WIEN is showing art works that engage with the complex issues of life experience from different perspectives. The curatorial team, working in an intensive dialogue with the participating artists who work with photography, video and film, have developed a tripartite series of exhibitions with the titles ICH, WIR and DU .
The third exhibition, BIOGRAPHY – YOU, is presenting art works that create a biography other than one’s own in a way that is protective, pleasurable, critical, analytic or deconstructive. How can a real-imaginary or documentary-fictive you become the locus of a conceivable biography? ‘I is someone else’ (Car Je est un autre) wrote French poet Arthur Rimbaud in a letter to Paul Demeny in 1871. When the you is treated as an I, and the I has always been someone else, then the you’s complexity is increased. At the same time, this is then used as the imagined site of attainable closeness and unattainable distance, activating both differences and parallels to the artist’s own biography. The art works are characterised by issues of destabilised subjectivity, questionable constructions of identity, postcolonial positioning, transvestism, operative sex changes, transgressive and queer sexuality, infractions of the norms and constructions of whiteness and blackness or speculative, nightmare-like projections
With Irene Andessner, Anja Teske, Eva & Adele, Alessia Bernardini, Fourdummies, Sara-Lena Maierhofer, Stacey Tyrell, Stephanie Winter
Exhibition runs from 16.12.2014 to 28.01.2015
Opening: Monday, 15 December at 7 p.m.
Introduction: Elke Krasny
Finissage and catalogue presentation: Wednesday, 28 January at 7 p.m.
Sponsored by: BKA Kunst, MA7-Kultur, Cyberlab, Bezirkskultur Alsergrund
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Plus: exhibition view and a few photos from the opening.