Phillip Warnell, Edwin Fauthoux-Kresser, Hanakam & Schuller, Maria a Mäser , Martin Nytra, Wolfgang Plöger , Chibuike Uzoma , Arye Wachsmuth

Opening: WEDNESDAY, 2 September at 7 p.m.
Introductory talk: Annika Lorenz

Special programme: Film screening with Phillip Warnell:
Friday, 2 October at 7 p.m.
Phillip Warnell, Ming of Harlem: Twenty One Storeys in the Air, UK/BE/US, 2014, DCP, 71:00 min., with Antoine Yates, Ming and Al
Text: Jean-Luc Nancy; Music: Hildur Gudnadottir; Cinematography: David Raedeker; Production: Phillip Warnell & Madeleine Molyneaux;
Co-Production: Big Other Films (London), Picture Palace Pictures (New York), Michigan Films (Brussels)

sponsored by: BKA Kunst; MA7-Kultur; Cyberlab; Bezirkskultur Alsergrund
Thanks to: KulturKontakt Austria, Wien

Humans have a multi-facetted apparatus at their disposal to express themselves. One of the very first means of articulation – the body – has been continuously supplemented (and in some areas replaced) by systems of symbols or images. In addition to images it has been (and is) language together with its graphic forms that provides the main structures of communication, agency and depiction. For that reason the semiotic analysis of the stimulating and exciting interrelationships of these two specific codings is a field that repeatedly surfaces in art. This is concerned with its social surroundings, special characteristics and own position within this nexus. The art works have to be continuously re-assessed in the light of their connections with questioning the media specifics within this context. The FOTOGALERIE WIEN will be presenting art works connected to this year’s special focus Text:Image / Image:Text which are concerned with these complex inter-relationships and their conditions at the same time as the curatorial collective guides the emphasis towards three sub-topics: Transformation, Symbiosis and Inspiration.

The connections between writing and images are something that accompanies us in our daily lives – countless pictures are communicated by means of, and commented in, the internet and other media. Or they populate public space. The characteristics and connotations of the systems – how they mutually determine or disrupt them – are intentionally employed or completely overlooked. As part of the special focus on Text:Image / Image:Text the FOTOGALERIE WIEN will be presenting the second exhibition as an interrogation of the symbiosis of this mutual reinforcement and melding and the resulting influences both in- and outside artworks. In addition to the numerous works in this international group exhibition in the mediums of photography, video and installation, special attention is being paid to the artists’ book as a format.