»Book Talks Nº1«
Bernhard Mayr, Jan Schmelcher, Gitta Seiler, Timotheus Tomicek, Michael Tummings
Book Talks: Friday, November 18, 2016, 19h
We cordially invite you and your friends to our book talks. On a regular basis Klaus Kehrer will introduce a selection of new publications together with changing artists. You will get the chance to meet the artists in person, to get insights into the various projects, and to purchase signed copies. Photography fans, interested collectors, as well as art and photobook newbies are very welcome!
On November 18th, the following books will be presented:
In Sarajevo, Bernhard Mayr did not focus primarily on open war wounds, but instead uses his poetic photographs to rebut our media-influenced preconceptions and, in doing so, restores the city’s unagitated daily life. »My photographs do not strive to reduce Sarajevo to a noun for the localization and surveying of a city on the map, but rather see Sarajevo as an adjective, which carefully sounds out a mental and emotional state of being.«
We know from very old documents that, as early as two and a half millennia ago, Chinese rulers had melodies from all corners of the empire played for them, so that they might understand what was going on in the hearts of their subjects. These melodies are now heard through headphones and loudspeakers, as well as, occasionally, from the mouths of street vendors or from lonely lovers in public parks throughout the city. They all exert their own unique charm – in sweet, shrill, and creaky tones.
Timotheus Tomicek presents his view of the world with hit or miss. In his heterogeneous and cross-media approach, the Austrian artist, film-maker, and photographer has compiled a work consisting of photography, illustration, painting, sculptures, and texts that reflects his work in a clever, modern, and humorous way. The poetic photobook reflects fragments of art history and brings an intrinsically very romantic artist’s project into the 21st century.
Photo artist Michael Tummings presents a disquieting series that seeks to capture the engagement of man in nature through the practice of hunting. The repetition of such an act – the act of killing an animal in the wild – links us to our most essential origins as a species. Unflinching, these photographs show the dimension that is human in the ritualized killing of animals. The focus is on authentic, observed moments that have been shaped by tradition and which are still practiced in a modern world.