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Jul 21, 2015

Ko Murobushi

Acclaimed butoh dancer, teacher and friend, Ko Murobushi passed away on June 18, 2015. Butoh dance has lost one of its most famous and renowned artists worldwide. Impulstanz holds a memorial celebration at Odeon Theatre and I am honored to contribute to the evening.

Opening August 6, 2015 (time tba) Taborstrasse 10, 1020 Vienna, Austria

https://www.impulstanz.com/

Jul 15, 2015

Wolfrum Gallery

I like to announce my first-time collaboration with the painter Lucia Riccelli. We present a new body of work at the Wolfrum Gallery in fall 2015.

Opening October 15, 2015, 7pm (through mid November), Augustinerstrasse 10, 1010 Vienna, Austria

http://www.wolfrum.at/

Jul 14, 2015

Austrian Fashion Association

The Austrian Fashion Association (AFA) in Vienna hosts me and the Butoh dancer Mirjam Morad for a performance night and the release of a limited print edition.

Opening date and time will be announced shortly, Lindengasse 27/1, 1070 Vienna, Austria

http://www.austrianfashionassociation.at

Jul 8, 2015

Trieste Contemporanea

The installation "Gray Matters" together with the artist Eva Petric is on display as part of the group exhibition "Zipped Worlds" at Museo Contemporanea in Trieste.

Opening September 5, 2015, 7pm (through early October), Via del Monte 2/1, 34122 Trieste, Italy

http://www.triestecontemporanea.it/

Jul 3, 2015

Liga der Menschenrechte 2015

The Austrian print media "Liga der Menschenrechte" publishes a selection of photo work on living conditions in Austria as a human right. Text (in German) by Claudio Polzer.

The release is scheduled for mid July.

http://www.liga.or.at/

Apr 9, 2015

Photon Gallery

Photon Gallery invites me and the artist Eva Petric to present our installation "Gray Matters". Our work is part of the group exhibition "Zipped Worlds".

Opening June 20, 2015, 11am (through July 25), Ankerbrotfabrik, Absberggasse 27/9/10, 1100 Vienna, Austria

www.photongallery.at

Apr 15, 2015

Synthesis Gallery

The artist Malika Fankha and I show the exhibition and performance "Verortungen" at Synthesis Gallery in Sofia. Our work is included in the annual program of "Young Austrian Photography".

Opening June 13, 2015, 6.30pm (through June 30), Vasil Levski Boulevard, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria

Apr 4, 2015

Tanz Ist

The installation "Gras" together with the choreographer Georg Blaschke is on display at the international dance and performance festival "Tanz Ist" in Dornbirn, Austria.

Opening June 11, 2015, 7pm (through June 20), Unterfeld 28, 6850 Dornbirn, Austria

http://tanzist.at

Mar 15, 2015

Paris Photo Los Angeles

I like to give notice of my participation in the VIP program of Paris Photo Los Angeles, as part of "Young Austrian Photography". The exhibition takes place at the Fitzpatrick House, designed by R.M. Schindler.

Opening May 1, 2015, 7pm (through May 3), Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90046, United States

http://www.parisphoto.com

Jan 28, 2015

q202.at

q202.at organizes open studio walking tours in several districts of Vienna. I signed up for the first time. Please come and visit!

Opening April 24, 2015, 2pm-9pm (through April 26), Mollardgasse 28/3/II, 1060 Vienna, Austria

http://www.q202.at

Jan 20, 2015

Nikon Spring Expo

I am pleased to announce that Nikon Europe features my work, together with a short interview, as part of the Nikon Spring Expo Showcase. The magazine is available as a download in April 2015.

http://www.cedarcom.co.uk

Nov 6, 2014

photo::vienna

photo::vienna showcases a selection of fine art prints from the series "Vom Vergessen" at the MAK Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Opening November 27, 2014, 10am (through November 30), MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria

http://www.photovienna.at

Oct 23, 2014

Young Austrian Photography

Young Austrian Photography 2014 and photo::vienna present a selection of "Vom Vergessen" at the group exhibition "Sensitive Viewing Habits".

Opening November 10, 2014, 7pm (through November 22), Embassy of Austria 3524 International Ct NW, Washington, DC 20008, United States

http://www.austria.org/yap/

Oct 3, 2014

Hidden Potential #3

The latest edition of "Hidden Potential" by aeon Consulting Group is out!

The magazine features a portrait series I took of experts on Business Development, Operational Excellence, Leadership and Transformation.

http://www.aeon-group.com/

Sep 30, 2014

Odaada Gallery

I am pleased to announce the installation "Gras" with the choreographer Georg Blaschke at Odaada Gallery.

Opening November 7, 2014, 7pm (through November 14), Kaiserstrasse 34, 1070 Vienna, Austria

http://odaada.com/

Sep 24, 2014

Art Photo Budapest

Photon Gallery shows a selection of "Gras" and "Verortungen" at Art Photo Budapest / gallery booth P401!

Opening October 9, 2014, 11am (through October 12), Millenaris Park, Kis Rókus utca 16-20, 1024 Budapest, Hungary

http://www.artmarketbudapest.hu/

May 5, 2014

Bildraum Gallery 01

Bildraum Gallery 01 presents a new body of work with the performer Malika Fankha, titled "Verortungen".

Opening July 16, 2014, 7pm (through September 13), Strauchgasse 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria

http://www.bildrecht.at/

Feb 3, 2014

Dance Identity Festival

The installation "Gras" with the choreographer Georg Blaschke is on display at Dance Identity Festival 2014.

Opening May 9, 2014, 7pm (through May 11), Oho Gallery, Lisztgasse 12, 7400 Oberwart, Austria

http://www.dance-identity.com/

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02Projects

Chromolab Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab 2.0 Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab 2.0 Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab 2.0 Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab 2.0 Vienna, AT 2010
Chromolab 2.0 Vienna, AT 2010
1 / Chromolab Vienna, AT 2010

Chromolab Exhibition

"Chromolab" and "Chromolab 2.0" are a collaborative work in progress with the visual artist Victoria Coeln.

Victoria condenses and concretizes light and develops light spaces she refers to as chromotopes. We presented Chromolab together with the dancers Caitlyn Carradine and Ziga Jereb at the Donau Universitaet Krems, Austria in July 2010. The structures of light and vice versa the dance movements changed continuously and gave way to experiments with new situations and boundaries.

Chromolab 2.0 was launched in November 2010 at the annual Monat der Fotografie / Salon XV. We asked visitors to enter the light space and to create their own individual stories in a playful way. The process was documented with polaroid cameras, a small selection is on display.

Many thanks to Pascal Petignat at FotoK and to the Impossible Project.

Gras Vienna, AT 2013
Gras Vienna, AT 2013
Gras Vienna, AT 2013
Gras Vienna, AT 2013
Gras Vienna, AT 2013
Gras Vienna, AT 2013
1 / Gras Vienna, AT 2013

Gras Installation

Vienna based performer and choreographer Georg Blaschke invited me as a collaborating artist to "The Balanced Room", a series of space occupations on different sites. Participating projects are installation based and address performative questions of oscillation and stand-still, dizziness and balance, transitoriness and the conceivableness of movement in time.

"Gras", the first part of this series, is composed of twelve larger-than-life images of the performer, situated in an on-going installation specially developed for ImPulsTanz #30 in Vienna.

Georg exposes his body to the photographer's eye in several series of Aktionen. The process takes place in different sessions during which the collaborative practice enables further steps into understanding the intrinsic logic of the total work.

The body becomes the underlying ground for serial choreographic arrangements and superimpositions of organic substances, which provoke formal bodily extensions in the images, perceived as inner and outer landscapes.

This setting allows a sensual experience on the borderline of perception and results in an astonishing interplay between image, choreography and action, an intimate dance on the horizon of focus and haziness. The aim is not to display individual sceneries on the surface level but to see the unseen, to inquire what meets the eye underneath the obvious and familiar.

"One of the greatest challenges in today’s culture, urgently necessary from a political point of view, is how to bring analytical skills to bear on the perceptual physiological language of the image, an event and not an object — constantly changing, living and growing." Bill Viola, Unseen Images, 1992

12 C4 Prints in 110 × 165 cm (mounted, limited edition, 2013)

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Gray Matters Installation

Gray Matters is a collaboration with the Slovenian artist Eva Petric. We display a bird-eye view of Vienna, large enough to show six Flaktowers, situated in the capital city of Vienna. Flaktowers ("flak" means artillery) are clearly visible and commonly acknowledged as a violation of the urban scenery. These towers are also strong visual remains of a regime that inflicted the hearts of generations of peoples, too many inner scars ever to count and to mention.

There are various meanings to scars. We need scars to be reminded of what had happened in the past, as a memory or imprint. Scars happen for different reasons but pain is always involved, scars remain with us, heart felt and visible to the outside world. Scars can mark a new beginning, a starting point for another meaning and ability to see life.

What does a tower as an object turn into when the function is re-assigned? What are the possible angles and aspects of daily life, that go with the object? Is it still a military complex and does it represent an oppressive, brutal regime? We are aware of the locations and initial functions of the towers and put them geographically in context as one structure.

Can an initial purpose be erased, taken away? Eva and I wish to express that rural as well as urban landscapes are not still or done. There is a continuous (re)appearing of memory that shines in different lights, depending on the angle and given approach.

Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Maximo Castro, Jorge Bernal Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2010
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2009
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2012
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Maximo Castro Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2009
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2012
Dorothée Munyaneza Vienna, AT 2011
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2009 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2011 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2012
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008 | Ko Murobushi Tokyo, JPN 2006
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2011
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2014
1 / Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008

Ko Murobushi Japanese Contemporary Dance

Ko Murobushi is an acclaimed Butoh artist, teaching and performing worldwide. Butoh, influenced by European expressionism, shifted Japanese traditional dance to the artistic avant-garde of the 20th century postwar period. The founders were Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno, who fought conventions with the desire to reveal the truth of the human being in life and death. Over the years they developed their individual style of Butoh.

Hijikata explored the transmutation of the human body into other forms, such as those of animals. He also developed a poetic and surreal choreographic language to help the dancer transform into other states of being. Ohno is described as the soul of Butoh. He once commented on his work: "The best thing someone can say is that while watching my performance they begin to cry.

It is not important to understand what I am doing; perhaps it is better if they don't understand, but just respond to the dance." Martin Childs, Kazuo Ohno, 2010

Butoh can involve playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, unusual environments, and is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow controlled motion.

I met Ko Murobushi for the first time in the late 90s and had the opportunity to attend his workshops. Over the years I photographed several of his creations in Europe and Japan, always drawn to his storytelling and exploration of the body.

Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009
1 / Life on Earth Vienna, AT 2009

Life on Earth Documentary

It all began in Santiago de Chile with the idea to witness daily life in public space, to capture the perception of common people and reveal the modes and impact of traveling. Traveling can stand for a lot of things, such as moving from place A to B, a group of friends on vacation, migrants forced to give up familiar territory, an audience bodily and mentally following a piece.

The travel from Santiago de Chile ended at the outskirts of Vienna at a place called Macondo, named after Marquez' writing in "Hundred Years of Solitude". Macondo became a place for shelter and home back in the 70s when Chilean refugees fled under Pinochet. The Macondo of today is an ever changing and growing settlement where successive waves of political refugees arrive from the current headlining wars from around the globe. Hidden behind a yellow corrugated iron fence and Walmart like parking lots, there lies a different and unexpected world, somehow misplaced geographically.

We recorded life stories of people based in Macondo, of audience and bystanders, invited or by accident drawn to the ongoing process. Over time, shared perceptions and connecting dots appeared, laid out over individual biographies.

A first presentation was given in May 2007 at TQW Tanzquartier Wien and Macondo as a performative gathering of visitors and inhabitants. The collaboration resumed in 2009 with a new agenda and range of artistic work. Cabula6 was granted a refugee apartment by the Austrian ministry and we lived in Macondo, on and off, for six months. A shipping container, set up on the edge of a soccer field provided a meeting point for a variety of invited artists, the team and residents. Children created their own garden and designed the space according to their means and vision. A map of Macondo was put up at a nearby bus stop, inviting locals to draw with markers their own, memory based landscape. Contributions were integrated into the map design on a regular basis and published with a new billposting.

"Life on Earth" is a collaborative project with Cabula6, an international performance group under the artistic direction of Claudia Heu and Jeremy Xido. The project was named Collectiv of the Year (Category Ensembles) by the German dance magazine Ballettanz (Jahrbuch 09) and received an "Outstanding Artistic Award" - Interkultureller Dialog 2010 by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (bm:ukk).

Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014
1 / Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014

Verortungen Installation and Performance

"I seek a state of mind, a closeness to something that I acquire, experience and feel. As a consequence, it escapes and is no longer of interest. My immediacy causes change and manipulation, values are shifted through my presence."

"Verortungen" is the act of situating oneself inside a landscape and the result of an artistic collaboration between the photographer Laurent Ziegler and the performer Malika Fankha.

Both artists deal with the relationship of the individual towards spatial patterns, with the localization of physical and sensual perceptions as imprints on a map, integrated into our experience of the outer landscape.

The endless space of emptiness shifts by only a subtle rupture, a confrontation with the living matter. Insights vary in both, appearance and impact. Scars appear, once unequal forces collide, clash at certain points and reveal an injury to the outside. This exposed damage breaks given structures and shows the confrontation with landscapes as a means for a new situatedness.

Verortungen is accompanied by text and sound sculptures by Malika Fankha (excerpt).

it drops / you drop / dead / it slips / out of your hands / it splits / my world from yours

C4 Prints, limited edition 2014

Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2013
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Schneeberg, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Schneeberg, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Aspern, AT 2012
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
1 / Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014

Vom Vergessen Exhibition and Performance

"Vom Vergessen" is a work in progress with the artist Mirjam Morad. We explore the outer landscape with all our senses, yearn for modes to connect with the inner self, with the image as the key agent in this exchange. "There are windows or wavelengths of perception. They are simultaneous and interwoven at any one moment, but we are tuned only to a certain frequency range." (Bill Viola, Statements, 1985).

Mirjam and I search for ways of re-living, re-embodying memory that is within our boundaries of perception.

Mirjam Morad is a Vienna based performer with strong ties to Kazuo Ohno, one of the founders of Butoh, an avant-garde performance art in postwar Japan.

03Commissions

Alexandra Gottschlich Vienna, AT 2015
Lore Heuermann Vienna, AT 2009
Caritas Wien Charity Campaign Vienna, AT 2011
Isabella Wolf Vienna, AT 2007
Malika Fankha Vienna, AT 2014
Anna Tenta Viennna, AT 2011
Natali Glisic Vienna, AT 2013 | Miguel Guzman Vienna, AT 2014
One World Foundation Ahungalle, SL 2012
Caritas Wien Vienna, AT 2011
Vesna Stajic Vienna, AT 2013
Akram Khan London, UK 2012
Hilti Foundation Schaan, Liechtenstein 2012
Kersten Kloser Vienna, AT 2008
Akram Khan London, UK 2012 | Vidyalaya Pirivena Temple, SL 2011
Mutaleni Mbumba Ebeltoft, DK 2003
Margarete Apelt Vienna, AT 2015
1 / Alexandra Gottschlich Vienna, AT 2015

Coming of Age

Coming of Age is a lose compilation of portrait assignments in recent years. I am drawn to portraits for its endless complexity and ways of transformation. Working with another person allows me to pay attention and to listen, to engage myself and meet somewhere half way, creating a story with little knowledge about the turn of events.

“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” Susan Sontag, On Photography 1977

Akram Khan Leicester, UK 2010
Emio Greco Vienna, AT 2011
Yuki Enomoto Tokyo, JPN 2006
Emio Greco Vienna, AT 2010
Georg Blaschke Vienna, AT 2012 | Miguel Guzman Vienna, AT 2014
Paige Barnes Seattle, USA 2008
Katharina Weinhuber Vienna, AT 2013
Paige Barnes Seattle, USA 2008 | Kerstin Kussmaul Vienna, AT 2009
Maximo Castro Vienna, AT 2014
Wayne McGregor St.Poelten, AT 2010
Emio Greco Vienna, AT 2011
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2010
Monica Aguilar Vienna, AT 2012 | Lalala Human Steps Vienna, AT 2011
Dorothée Munyaneza Vienna, AT 2013
Emio Greco Amsterdam, NL 2006
ABC Dance Company St.Poelten, AT 2005
Akram Khan Leicester, UK 2010
Georg Blaschke Vienna, AT 2014
Vesna Stajic Vienna, AT 2013
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014 | Akram Khan Leicester, UK 2010
Tanztheater Wien Vienna, AT 1998
Russell Maliphant St.Poelten, AT 2010
Danube University Krems, AT 2010
Ismael Ivo Vienna, AT 2012
Tanztheater Wien Vienna, AT 1998
Akram Khan Rome, IT 2010
1 / Akram Khan Leicester, UK 2010

Impulstanz Dance Festival

The annual Impulstanz Festival in Vienna, Austria hosts and supports contemporary dance since 1984. It has grown into one of the largest dance venues in the world, attracting both professionals and amateurs. The festival has been and still is a playground for my photographic ambitions in the world of dance. I was given the opportunity to work with companies such as Akram Kahn, Emio Greco, Lalala Human Steps, to name just a few. Most of these collaborations started out at Impulstanz and later on developed independently.

Coming from a contemporary dance background myself, the festival allows me to train as a dancer and connect to the idea of performance, but also to explore ways of story-telling behind the camera.

Besides, I taught dance and improvisation workshops for children in 2011 and 2012.

Life Ball Vienna, AT 2012
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2008
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2006
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2010
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2015
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2010
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2012
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2008 | 2012
Life Ball Vienna, AT 1998
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2009
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2008
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2015
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2006
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2010
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2009
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2012
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2007
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2004
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2012
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2009
Life Ball Vienna, AT 1998
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2012
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2006
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2012
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2007
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2012
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2011
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2012
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2012
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2008
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2015
Life Ball Vienna, AT 2009
1 / Life Ball Vienna, AT 2012

Life Ball Charity Event

The Life Ball in Vienna is the largest and probably most spectacular charity event in Europe, supporting people with HIV or AIDS. It attracts strong international interest and attention. Numerous celebrities such as fashion designers, actors, musicians, politicians, and models show their personal committment to the issue.

A growing number of broadcasting stations and media representatives annually cover the event. I began photographing the Life Ball back in 1998 and have been up front for a number of years.

Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, AT 2012
Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, AT 2012
Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, AT 2012
Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, AT 2012
Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, AT 2012
Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, AT 2012
Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, AT 2012
Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, AT 2012
1 / Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, AT 2012

Reframe #1 Installation

"Reframe #1" is my first photographic approach to the idea of eternity. I was commissioned to work on this theme for the art festival Kunst in der Kartause 2012, situated in a medieval cloister in Aggsbach in Lower Austria. Eternity, in comparison to sempiternity, is understood as infinite and eternal, separated from spacial and time based dimensions and as such free of a beginning and an end, free of progress and change.

My research led me to periodic systems without an inherent ending - such as the tides of the sea, the cycle of life or, as far as we understand it, the expansion and contraction of the universe. Such systems, even though based on a repetitive order, are constantly in a state of transformation. Dealing with the concept of eternity requires the believe in a divine or mathematic entity. Photography barely seems to be able to capture a glimpse of such a dimension and yet, it is the awareness of an image inside the image, an inner truth, that reveals non video a larger picture, felt from the inside.

The french philosopher and critic Roland Barthes referred to the "meditation on the absence inherent in photography". Roland Barthes, Camera Lucida 1980

This series features 12 portraits of people in the state of meditation, in a possible transcendental state, sometimes described as a near death or out of the body experience. The viewer is invited and encouraged to embark on an inner journey. The prints are arranged on the floor in four precise rows. The space above is divided in different segments through white threads, seemingly weightless, an infinite and repetitive cycle, only pinned down to the ground by massive stones, refering to our outer reality.

Many thanks to the protagonists on display and to Gerhard Gensch, the curator of the festival.

12 C4 prints 50 x 100 cm (mounted in hand welded steel frames, limited edition 2012)

Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Y-Lan, Taiwan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Y-Lan, Taiwan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Kodaji Temple Kyoto, Japan 2006
Client Sengiku Bando Kodaji Temple Kyoto, Japan 2006
Client Ryohei Kondo Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Ryohei Kondo Tokyo, Japan 2006
Client Ryohei Kondo Tokyo, Japan 2006
1 / Client Sengiku Bando Tokyo, Japan 2006

Sengiku Bando Japanese Traditional Dance

I met the Japanese dancer Sengiku Bando in 2005 at a dance conference in Monaco. A few months later I visited Sengiku-san and accompanied her on a performance tour through Japan and Taiwan. In 2007 we presented the collaborative dance piece "Three" at BankArt in Yokohama. Sengiku Bando has studied Japanese traditional dance since her early childhood and inherited the name of “Sengiku” at the prestigious School of Bando-Ryu.

From time to time, Sengiku-san performs with the contemporary dancer Ryohei Kondo. His work is based on Bunraku, Japanese traditional marionette theatre. I photographed Ryohei's repertoire at several occasions in Tokyo and Kyoto in 2006.

Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
Caritas Vienna, AT 2010
Caritas Vienna, AT 2010
Caritas Vienna, AT 2010
Caritas Vienna, AT 2010
Caritas Vienna, AT 2010
Caritas Vienna, AT 2010
Caritas Vienna, AT 2010
Caritas Vienna, AT 2010
Caritas Vienna, AT 2009
Caritas Vienna, AT 2009
Caritas Vienna, AT 2009
Caritas Vienna, AT 2009
Caritas Vienna, AT 2009
Caritas Vienna, AT 2009
Caritas Vienna, AT 2009
Caritas Vienna, AT 2009
Caritas Vienna, AT 2009
Caritas Vienna, AT 2009
1 / Caritas Vienna, AT 2011

Tanz die Toleranz Performance Program

Caritas Wien initiated the program "Tanz die Toleranz" with the aim to provide regular dance classes and performance venues for people of all ages and countries of origin.

In 2010-11 Tanz die Toleranz presented a selection of performative work in collaboration with the choreographers Janice Parker, Tamara Mclorgwith and Josef Eder at the Palais Kabelwerk in Vienna. The program challenges common prejudices and demonstrates that people can live together if they dance together.

A year before, the British choreographer Royston Maldoom, initiator of numerous community dance projects around the globe, teamed up with Caritas Wien. Royston has worked with young people excluded from education, street kids, people with disability, the displaced, men and women in prison, communities in conflict or marginalised or divided by cultural, religious, social or economic circumstances.

Royston is convinced that dance and performance can transform the lives of individuals and communities by supporting and encouraging cohesion, comprehension, sympathy and dialogue. His work was honoured in 2005 with the project "Rhythm is it". 250 kids performed "Le Sacre du Printemps" by Igor Stravinsky and Simon Rattle conducted the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

He choreographed for Tanz die Toleranz a piece to "Harmonielehre" by John Adam with 100 children from different social and ethnic backgrounds. The dancers successfully performed in October 2009 at the Gasometer in Vienna.

04Arts in Education

Paint for Life © Mohamed Hussaik
Paint for Life © Samitha Thero
Paint for Life © Gauri Mendes
Paint for Life © Samitha Thero
Paint for Life © Kumudika Wijerathne
Paint for Life © Iresha Pushkpakanthi | Mahisha Thabrew
Paint for Life © Kumudika Wijerathne
Paint for Life © Lasandu Kushan
Paint for Life © Dilash de Silva
Paint for Life © Malith Sehan
Paint for Life © Anoma Malkanthi Mendis
Paint for Life © Prasadi Nuwanthika Ranasinghe
Paint for Life © Lasandu Kushan
Paint for Life © Mohamed Hussaik | Nadeeka Thomme Hakuru
Paint for Life © Mahisha Thabrew
Paint for Life © Janaki Hakkini
Paint for Life © Chanika Perera
Paint for Life © Gauri Mendis
Paint for Life © Chanika Perera
Paint for Life © Woshika Abrew
Paint for Life © Lasantha Lakruwan
Paint for Life ©  Tarindu Rajapaksha
Paint for Life © Preethika Jeewanthi
Paint for Life © Vishika Dharmapriya
Paint for Life © Sathya Mendis
1 / Paint for Life © Mohamed Hussaik

Paint for Life

The Vienna based foundation "Paint for Life" gave me the opportunity to set up an arts in education program and provide regular classes in photography at the one world foundation, a private school in Ahungalle, Sri Lanka. The school provides education for about 1000 students and offers courses that are inadequately covered by governmental schools, such as English, Tamil, computer science or graphic design. I taught at the school and mentored the workshops from 2009 - 2013. Due to financial hardships the program is temporarily suspended. Our aim is to proceed in autumn 2015.

I trained students enrolled in graphic design and offered hands-on experience in digital photography. The course featured photo history, photographic concepts and theory, the role of the media and plenty of practical assignments. Gaining insight when it comes to technical features is half the story, though.

I understand photography in the given context as a tool to train life skills that find little support within local educational structures.

The courses were designed in a workshop like setting with exchange and critical feedback, took place every day and lasted for eight weeks. Students were encouraged to get actively involved in the process of work and to carry out assignments with curiosity and joy. My aim is to make participants aware of the value of their individual skills in personal and job related matters, to provide means for creation and expression, for understanding a given situation in a different light. In my opinion, awareness is about the way we perceive moments, places and ultimately light, how far we are willing to take in information, to capture and to share. Photography is a powerful media to bring visions across. The photo gallery features a selection of my students' work.

05Publications

Young Austrian Photography Sofia, Bulgaria 2015
Photon Gallery Vienna, AT 2015
Bildraum Gallery Vienna, AT 2014 | Ko Murobushi Tokyo, JPN 2013
Young Austrian Photography Washington DC, USA 2014
Doc! Photo Magazine Edition #20 Warsaw, PL 2014
Theater an der Wien Vienna, AT 2013 | Georg Blaschke Vienna, AT 2013
Hilti Foundation Schaan, Liechtenstein 2013
Sengiku Bando Tokyo, JPN 2013 | Odaada Gallery Vienna, AT 2014
Akram Khan London, UK 2010 | Bloomsbury Division London, UK 2012
Liga der Menschenrechte Vienna, AT 2013
ELIA Vienna, AT 2012 | WUK Vienna, AT 2009
Festspielhaus St.Poelten, AT 2011 | Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
aeon Consulting Group Vienna, AT 2011
Editions Autrement Paris, FR 2012
Danube University Krems, AT 2010
Caritas Vienna, AT 2011 | Liga der Menschenrechte Vienna, AT 2010
Danube University Krems, AT 2004 | Austrian Cultural Forum London, UK 2010
Danube University Krems, AT 2011 | Impulstanz Vienna, AT 2005
BankArt Yokohama, JPN 2006
1 / Young Austrian Photography Sofia, Bulgaria 2015

Clients

  • aeon Consulting Group Vienna, Austria
  • Akram Khan Company London, UK
  • Amnesty International Vienna, Austria
  • Anna Tenta Zurich, Switzerland
  • Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development Vienna, Austria
  • Campus Cultur Danube University Krems, Austria
  • Caritas Vienna, Austria
  • Centrum fuer dramaturgische Studien Vienna, Austria
  • Editions Autrement Paris, France
  • Haemmerle Luger | Grafik Design AD Vienna, Austria
  • Hilti Foundation Schaan, Liechtenstein
  • Impulstanz Festival Vienna, Austria
  • Ick Choreographic Arts Center Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts Vienna, Austria
  • Klangbogen Vienna, Austria
  • Klaus Kelterborn Agentur Berlin Germany
  • Ko Murobushi Tokyo, Japan
  • Life Ball Festival Vienna, Austria
  • MUMOK Museum of Modern Art Vienna, Austria
  • Nora von Waldstaetten Berlin, Germany
  • Sony BMG Vienna, Austria
  • Taj Hotel Resorts and Palaces Mumbai, India
  • Theater an der Wien Vienna, Austria
  • Tonkuenstler Orchester St.Poelten, Austria
  • TQW Tanzquartier Vienna, Austria
  • Tba 21 Galerie Vienna, Austria
  • University for Music and the Arts Vienna, Austria
  • Vienna Boys' Choir Vienna, Austria
  • Wiener Festwochen Vienna, Austria

Resume

Laurent Ziegler (MA) was born in Vienna, Austria. He is a freelance photographer with a strong focus on people, performative and documentary work. Laurent studied Political Science at the University of Vienna and completed educational programs in contemporary dance and film. He seeks exchanges with artists from different genres at the interface between performance and documentation. His work is internationally represented in group and solo exhibitions. Besides, Laurent teaches photography as part of an arts in education program in Sri Lanka and is a member of Kuenstlerhaus Wien and Bildrecht.

Publications:

Village Voice New York, United States, Wired Magazine New York, United States, Bloomsbury Publishers London, UK, Sky Arts UK, Singapore Arts Festival, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces Mumbai, India, Austrian Cultural Forum London, UK, MUMOK Museum of Modern Art Vienna, Austria, Impulstanz Vienna, Austria, Wiener Festwochen, Austria, Players Berlin, Germany, Nikon Europe London, UK, Hilti Foundation Schaan, Liechtenstein, Doc! Photo Magazine Warsaw, Poland, Zoom Magazine Milan, Italy

Awards:

Outstanding Artistic Award | Interkultureller Dialog, Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture, Sozialmarie Award Wien, px3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Sotheby's Artlink Open Competition Wien

Exhibitions:
  • 2015 Paris Photo Los Angeles, United States ("Young Austrian Photography", group exhibition)
  • 2015 Tanz Ist Dance Festival Dornbirn, Austria ("Gras", installation with Georg Blaschke)
  • 2015 Photon Gallery Vienna, Austria ("Zipped Worlds", installation with Eva Petric)
  • 2014 MAK Museum of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria ("Photo Vienna", group exhibition)
  • 2014 Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC, United States ("Young Austrian Photography", group exhibition)
  • 2014 Odaada Gallery Vienna, Austria ("Gras", installation with Georg Blaschke)
  • 2014 Bildraum Gallery 01 Vienna, Austria ("Verortungen", installation with Malika Fankha)
  • 2014 Dance Identity Festival Burgenland, Austria ("Gras", installation with Georg Blaschke)
  • 2013 Impulstanz Festival Vienna, Austria ("Gras", installation with Georg Blaschke)
  • 2012 Eyes On | Monat der Photographie Vienna, Austria ("Coming of Age", group exhibition)
  • 2012 Kunst in der Kartause Krems, Austria ("Reframe #1", installation)
  • 2011 Tanec Praha Festival, Czech Republic ("Vertical Road", solo exhibition)
  • 2010 Salon XV Vienna, Austria ("Chromolab", installation with Victoria Coeln)
  • 2008 Wave Photo Gallery Brescia, Italy ("Eyes on Japan", solo exhibition)
  • 2007 Knew Gallery Washington DC, United States ("Photo-Rama", group exhibition)
  • 2007 BankArt Theatre Yokohama, Japan ("Three", mixed media performance with Sengiku Bando)
  • 2006 Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC, United States ("un|still", solo exhibition)

Contact

Photography Laurent Ziegler laurent.ziegler@unstill.net +436763487704
+447706424592

Webdesign Phil Samhaber info@philsamhaber.com http://philsamhaber.com/

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