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01 News

Art Photo Budapest

The installation "Gray Matters" with the artist Eva Petric is on display at the international fair Art Photo Budapest. Our work is presented by Dejan Sluga, Photon Gallery.

Opening October 13, 2016 (through October 16), Millenáris, Kis Rókus u., 1024, Budapest, Hungary

http://www.artmarketbudapest.hu/

Art Gallery Maribor

I am pleased to announce my participation in a group exhibition in Maribor, Slovenia together with the artist Eva Petric. We present the installation "Gray Matters".

Opening January 22, 2016 7pm (through March 5), UGM Art Gallery Maribor, Strossmayerjeva Ulica 6, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia

http://www.ugm.si/en

AFA

The AFA Austrian Fashion Association in Vienna hosts me and the Butoh dancer Mirjam Morad for a performance night and the release of our photo book "A Sea of Being". Introductory remarks by Karl Regensburger, director Impulstanz Vienna and the artist Akemi Takeya.

Opening December 8, 2015, 7pm, Lindengasse 27/1, 1070 Vienna, Austria

http://austrianfashionassociation.at

Boris Hristov

The exhibition and performance project "Verortungen" is invited to the cultural center Boris Hristov in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, the European Capital of Culture 2019. "Verortungen is part of the annual program of Young Austrian Photography.

Opening September 11, 2015, 7.30pm (through September 30), Boris Hristov, Gladston 15, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

http://www.visitplovdiv.com

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

Ko Murobushi Memorial

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

Opening August 6, 2015, 9pm (through August 11), Taborstrasse 10, 1020 Vienna, Austria

https://www.impulstanz.com

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

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

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, titled "Uncommon Places".

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

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

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

Paris Photo L.A.

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

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

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

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

YAP 2014

YAP 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

Hidden Potential #3

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

http://www.aeon-group.com

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

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

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

The Syrian Conflict

I am curating an exhibition with Syrian photographers as part of an international conference on the Syrian conflict and the promotion of reconciliation.

Opening February 6, 2014, 1pm, Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, Lehárgasse 6-8, 1060 Vienna, Austria

https://www.facebook.com/events/

Doc! Photo Magazine

A photo essay on Japanese dance featuring the Butoh artist Ko Murobushi is published in the February edition of Doc! Photo Magazine (Edition #20).

http://www.docphotomagazine.com

Taj Hotel and Resorts

Taj Hotel and Resorts uses a dance image of Akram Khan Company (Vertical Road) for a world wide and exclusive image campaign. Advertising starts in spring 2014, the campaign is designed for two years.

http://www.tajhotels.com

Liga der Menschenrechte

The Austrian print magazine "Liga der Menschenrechte" publishes a selection of photo work on the situation of refugees in Vienna, Austria. Text (in German) by Claudio Polzer. The release is scheduled for December 2013.

http://www.liga.or.at

Faces for Refugees

The association Faces for Refugees supports asylum seekers in Austria in their quest for a fair review of their asylum application. Unwilling to accept the hardships most refugees face in this country, I contribute to the platform with photo essays and media work.

http://www.facesforrefugees.at

Danube University Krems

The Danube University in Krems, Austria selected me as a jury member for an artist in residency program, exploring modes of interaction between art and science. We invited aspiring photographers from the Danube region, the presentation is scheduled for October 23, 2013.

http://www.donau-uni.ac.at

Living Sculptures 2

Only a few more days to go for another dance workshop for children (from 6-10 years of age) at the Impulstanz festival, together with the choreographer Gabi Seeleitner. Don't miss it, classes start on Monday, July 29, 2013 at the Dschungel Theatre!

http://www.impulstanz.com

Impulstanz

"Gras" is the most recent collaboration with the Austrian choreographer Georg Blaschke. We are proud to present the outcome of our work at the Impulstanz festival 2013.

http://www.impulstanz.com

Eyes on

I am pleased to announce the upcoming group photo exhibition "Coming of Age" as part of eyes on | Monat der Photographie.

http://www.eyes-on.at

Travelouge I-IV

The Austrian choreographer Andrea K. Schlehwein invited me to perform in "Travelogue I_IV". The creation is designed as a multimedia diary on the occasion of the centenary of John Cage's birth.

http://www.andreakschlehwein.com

Advertising Academy Vienna

From this autumn on I am a guest teacher at the Advertising Academy in Vienna, Austria. The workshop "Narration in Photography" is taught by Barbara von Rechbach, founder of STUDIO VDR who specializes in Design Fiction and media experience.

http://www.werbeakademie.at

Kunst in der Kartause

"Reframe #1" is my first photographic approach to the idea of eternity and commissioned by the art festival Kunst in der Kartause 2012, situated in a medieval cloister in Aggsdorf, Lower Austria.

http://www.kunstinderkartause.at

idocde

idocde is designed to develop and document best practices of contemporary dance education, to improve exchange among dance educators and to increase visibility. I am participating in a two year pilot program, a network of educators who meet for dialogue, peer research and the development of an online database.

http://www.idocde.net

Living Sculptures

The annual Impulstanz festival in Vienna is slowly coming up. I am teaching dance and improvisation, together with the choreographer Gabi Seeleitner. The workshop is designed for children with 6 - 10 years of age and titled Living Sculptures. Classes start on Monday, July 30!

http://www.impulstanz.com

Paint for Life

I leave to Sri Lanka for an arts in education program, teaching classes in photography at the owf one world foundation, a privately founded school in the South of the island. The program is initiated by the Vienna based foundation Paint for Life.

http://www.owf.at

Digsy Shambles

The online magazine Digsy Shambles recently interviewed me about my artistic views as a photographer. I like to thank the editor Elodie Broussard for proposing and for running the interview.

http://www.digsyshambles.com

Tanec Praha

Tanec Praha dance festival invited me to present a selection of photos taken of "Vertical Road", the most recent creation of the Akram Khan company. The exhibition opens June 6, 2011 at Ponec Theatre.

http://www.tanecpraha.cz/news

Salon XV

The upcoming group exhibition "Chromolab 2.0 | Du bist schoen" with the visual artist Victoria Coeln is presented as part of the Vienna photography festival Salon XV.

02 Projects

Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2013 | Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2013
Mirjam Morad Semmering, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014 | Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2012
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Tullnerfeld, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2014
Mirjam Morad Semmering, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015
Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2013 | Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015
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Mirjam Morad Vienna, AT 2015

A Sea of Being I Publication

"A Sea of Being" is my first photo book on Butoh, an avant-garde performance art in postwar Japan and the result of an artistic collaboration with the dancer 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. Mirjam and I search for ways of re-living, re-embodying memory that is within our boundaries of perception.

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"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 is a Vienna based performer with strong ties to Kazuo Ohno, one of the leading figures and founders of Butoh. Her work is closely connected to and inspired by nature and the understanding of the world as one single, breathing entity.

The publication book is edited in English and Japanese in order to give credit to the way Japanese contemporary culture inspired and guided us in our perception of dance, of storytelling, of transformation and - ultimately - in the making of the book.

1st edition (c) 2015 / 500 copies, ISBN: 978-3-200-04371-8

Images taken from "A Sea of Being" were on display at MAK Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna, Austria as part of photo::vienna 2014.

Installation A Sea of Being Vienna, AT 2015
Installation A Sea of Being Vienna, AT 2015
Installation A Sea of Being Vienna, AT 2015
Installation A Sea of Being Vienna, AT 2015
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Installation A Sea of Being Vienna, AT 2015

A Sea of Being II Installation, Performance

The release and presentation of the photo book "A Sea of Being" gave me the opportunity to design an out-door landscape with drift wood and leaves inside a building's interior.

The dancer and protagonist Mirjam Morad performed inside the installation.

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Drift wood in various sizes and shapes was attached to the ceiling and created the idea of the exterior, the outside, as a breathing and ever changing entity, purely organic and open for connection with our individual senses. The design served as a reference to Butoh, visualizing the transformation of wood as matter that re-embodies memory.

The installation was introduced to the audience by Karl Regensburger, head of the Impulstanz Festival and the artist Akemi Takeya at the AFA Austrian Fashion Association in Vienna, Austria on Decermber 8, 2015.

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
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Chromolab Vienna, AT 2010

Chromolab Exhibition

"Chromolab" is a collaborative work with the visual artist Victoria Coeln. Victoria condenses and concretizes light through large scale projectors and develops light spaces she refers to as chromotopes. We asked the dancers Caitlyn Carradine and Ziga Jereb to improvise in these spaces and interact with given settings. The structures of light and vice versa the dance movements changed continuously and gave way to experiments with new situations and boundaries.

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The result of our research was presented at Donau Universitaet Krems, Austria in July 2010. Many thanks to Pascal Petignat at FotoK.

C4 prints, limited edition 2010

Gras Vienna, AT 2013
Gras Vienna, AT 2013
Gras Vienna, AT 2013
Gras Vienna, AT 2013
Gras Vienna, AT 2013
Gras Vienna, AT 2013
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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.

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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

Gras was presented at Impulstanz Festival Vienna, Tanz Ist Dornbirn and Tanztage Burgenland. Many thanks to Karl Regensburger, Liz King and Guenter Marinelli for the generous support.

Gras was presented at Impulstanz Festival Vienna, Tanz Ist Dornbirn and Tanztage Burgenland.

C4 prints, mounted, limited edition 2013

Gray Matters Vienna, AT 2014
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Gray Matters Vienna, AT 2014

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 Austria. 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 World War II and a regime that inflicted the hearts of generations of peoples. There are various meanings to scars. Scars serve as memory and remind us of what had happened in the past. Also, scars happen for different reasons and remain with us, heart felt and visible to the outside world.

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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.

The installation consists of a large, mounted fine art print of one of the flak towers and an over-sized map covering the ground with a bird-eye view of the city of Vienna. Six white, wooden towers are positioned along and marked through a connecting red line. The towers display a series of images of surgeries on the open heart.

"Gray Matters" was curated by Dejan Sluga and presented as part of the group exhibition "Zipped Worlds" at Photon Gallery Vienna, Austria, Trieste Contemporanea, Italy and Art Gallery Maribor, Slovenia.

Fine art print and installation, mounted, limited edition 2015

Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2012
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2010
Maximo Castro Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2009
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2009 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Dorothée Munyaneza Vienna, AT 2011
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2011
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2008 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2012
Yo Nakamura Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Tokyo, JPN 2006 | Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2014
Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2012
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Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2012

Ko Murobushi I Documentation

Ko Murobushi was an acclaimed Butoh artist, who taught and performed 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.

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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 in the late 90s and had the opportunity to attend his workshops as a dancer. Eventually I began photographing several creations in Europe and Japan, feeling touched and deeply moved by his performative art.

A number of dance related publishers featured my work, amongst them Edition Autrement Paris, France (2012), Doc! Photo Magazine Warsaw, Poland (2014) and Tsubouchi Memorial Theatre Museum Waseda University Tokyo, Japan (2015).

Installation Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2015
Installation Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2015
Installation Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2015
Installation Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2015
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Installation Ko Murobushi Vienna, AT 2015

Ko Murobushi II Installation

The acclaimed Japanese Butoh artist Ko Murobushi passed away very unexpectedly on June 18, 2015. The Impulstanz festival in Vienna, Austria gave me the opportunity to build an installation for a memorial night on August 6, 2015 at Odeon theatre.

I have for many years been drawn to Ko’s storytelling, his ability to create images that seem larger than life, very real and physical, yet at the same time light and permeable like air, ever changing and free of a distinct shape and matter.

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The installation consists of light gray river stones, taken from a river bed in Upper Austria. I selected stones with an organic touch as a reminder of natural forces and modes of transformation. The stones were positioned on the floor as a single structure as well as mounted up in the air on thin cotton strings, mirroring in number and shape its counterpart. Bright natural fabrics covered the stones and the surrounding environment, referring to a Japanese rock or zen garden. Such structures aim at imitating the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance.

My intention was to provide a space for visitors to hold in for a moment and touch non video an elevated space, to perceive gravity and the very physical reality as well as the supernatural, unexplainable that surpasses the known.

The installation was generously founded by the Impulstanz Festival Vienna.

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
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Kunst in der Kartause Aggsbach, AT 2012

Reframe #1 Installation

"Reframe #1" is a 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 spatial and time based dimensions and as such free of a beginning and an end, free of progress and change.

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My research led me to periodic systems without an inherent ending, for instance 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

"Reframe #1" 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.

C4 prints, mounted, hand welded steel frames, limited edition 2012

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
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Malika Fankha, Vienna, AT 2014

Verortungen Exhibition, 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 together with the performer Malika Fankha.

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Malika and I 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.

A selection of photographic work 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

"Verortungen" was on display at Bildraum01 Vienna, Austria, Paris Photo Los Angeles, USA, Austrian Cultural Forum Washington DC, USA, Synthesis Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria and Boris Hristov Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

C4 prints, limited edition 2014

03 Arts in Education

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

One World Foundation

The Vienna based association 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 facility 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. The Italian photographer Elena Givone runs the program since 2014 and regularly teaches at the school. My aim is to return in 2016.

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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. The photo gallery features a selection of my students' work.

04 Publications

A Sea of Being Print Publication Vienna, AT 2015
Photon Gallery Vienna, AT 2015
Young Austrian Photography Sofia, BG 2015
Young Austrian Photography Washington DC, USA 2014
Sengiku Bando Tokyo, JPN 2013 | Odaada Gallery Vienna, AT 2014
Doc! Photo Magazine Edition #20 Warsaw, PL 2014
Taj Hotel Palaces and Resorts Mumbai, India 2014
Bildraum Gallery Vienna, AT 2014 | Ko Murobushi Tokyo, JPN 2013
Hilti Foundation Schaan, Liechtenstein 2013
Theater an der Wien Vienna, AT 2013 | Georg Blaschke Vienna, AT 2013
Liga der Menschenrechte Vienna, AT 2013
Bartabas - Pour la Vie d'Artiste, Editions Autrement Paris, FR 2012
ELIA Vienna, AT 2012 | Danube University Krems, AT 2011
Hidden Potential, AEON Consulting Group Vienna, AT 2011
Akram Khan London, UK 2010 | Bloomsbury Division London, UK 2012
Festspielhaus St.Poelten, AT 2011 | Caritas Vienna, AT 2011
Caritas Vienna, AT 2011 | Liga der Menschenrechte Vienna, AT 2010
Danube University Krems, AT 2010
Danube University Krems, AT 2004 | Austrian Cultural Forum London, UK 2010
BankArt 1929 Yokohama, JPN 2006
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A Sea of Being Print Publication Vienna, AT 2015