Nineteen solo presentations outline the young international photography scene that explores the fundamental relationship between bodies and clothes, the dialectics between the form of the body and its appearance in the second show of the Kunsthalle Wien’s autumn program focusing on photography and fashion. Borders to other disciplines are crossed in both daring and reckless experiments. In the context of the exhibition, clothes and other products of the fashion industry only figure as fragments of a narrative mise-en-scène thematizing the dreams concerned with a changing aesthetic of the body and its ideals. The media strategies employed are manifold and span from staged photographic images, projections, and performances to body sculptures, video and film works.
Participating artists: Chan-Hyo Bae, Tracey Baran, Jeff Bark, Leigh Bowery/Fergus Greer, Steven Cohen/Marianne Greber, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Matthias Herrmann, Lea Golda Holterman, Izima Kaoru, Luigi & Luca, Sandra Mann, Martin & The evil eyes of Nur, Brigitte Niedermair, Erwin Olaf, Alex Prager, Hanna Putz, Viviane Sassen, Sophia Wallace, Bruce Weber
Curator: Peter Weiermair
Exhibition catalogue: No fashion, please! Fotografie zwischen Gender und Lifestyle | Photography between Gender and Lifestyle. Ed. by Kunsthalle Wien, Gerald A. Matt, Peter Weiermair. With texts by Peter Weiermair and Eugenio Viola; c. 160 pages, German and English; Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nürnberg
Posted on Sunday, November 13th 2011