Zones Urbaines / Urbane Zonen

  • Datum
  • 7 p.m.
  • Ort
    Festival Center

The re-launch in Vienna of the Month of Photography event intends to explore the processual nature of the Festival that began in Paris and now extends across Europe’s major cities. Austrian and French photographers are invited to look at the phenomenon of urban zones and to explore the spheres of influence of life in urban spaces where different sociotopes condition one another and social action always occurs within a specific architectural setting.

The aim of the project is two-fold: firstly, to take a closer look at the cities of Vienna and Paris and, secondly, to examine the urban space as such and use the medium of photography to draw a bead on urban action and interaction from various perspectives. Many photographic strategies focus on spaces, in-between spaces and zones that are not perceived by the public in which different action forms by individuals are opened up, ranging between private and public areas of perception. The diversity of social practices is thus brought to the fore of a debate that focuses on the multiplicity of forms of our collective but also parallel existences, highlighting historical as well as current power structures.

The way the works are showcased deliberately follows the concept of the artistic approaches themselves. The works are displayed not just in the temporary setting of the Festival Centre, but also on billboards in the public space, thereby addressing the time-limit constraints of the public space while highlighting the constant change to which urban structures are subjected. Here the medium of photography serves to capture moments and situations which already belong to the past by the time we come to contemplate each image, raising all sorts of questions about the transient nature of various life models in an urban context. Similarly under examination is the basic concept of festivals in that it allows a synthesis or overview of artistic production that emphasises the uniqueness of phenomenological forms of representation and generates specific plans of observation. The urban zones as addressed by the artists are prime examples of the fluctuating parameters of time and space to which the individual is exposed as part of a process of continual change of urban and political relevance.

Exhibition run: 21.03. - 06.04.2019
Opening: 20.03.2019, 7 p.m.

Curator: Walter Seidl
Artists: Sabine Bitter / Helmut Weber, Mohamed Bourouissa, Valérie Jouve, Claudia Larcher, Lise Sarfati

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