Hofsos, Iceland, 2016
St. Georgen am Inn, Upper Austria, 2016
Vienna, 2017
St. Georgen am Inn, Upper Austria, 2016
Vienna, 2017
Evora, Portugal, 2017
Schwarzau am Steinfeld, Lower Austria, 2018
Evora, Portugal, 2017
Vienna, 2018
Schwarzau am Steinfeld, Lower Austria, 2018
Vienna, 2018
exhibition view, 2018, AROUND 31 at Skotið, Reykjavík Museum of Photography, Iceland

Around 31

„When you turn 30, you still consider yourself young. However, although you don’t see yourself as any different, you become insecure; you don’t feel right still acting like you’re young.“ (Ingeborg Bachmann, Das dreißigste Jahr. 1978) At the age of 31, I reflected on my status quo during a stay in Iceland. One year after my wedding, I was questioning my role as a woman and potential mother in society. For the first time in my life, I was feeling an imbalance regarding my gender and decided to meet some women of the same age to gain insight into their situations. I chose eight protagonists from various socio-economic backgrounds in order to break with common stereotypes. Eight women who were at different thresholds – in search of independence, tackling hurdles that needed to be overcome. The pictures of these women are based on their personal, very confidential stories. But they are also self-portraits. At each meeting, I discovered a bit of myself: recognizing parallels in terms of habits, doubts, and experiences. I created mirror images, drawn with empathy. The resulting map of a generation took a new turn as a result of my impending motherhood, coming into clear focus. Responsibility eases the burden of the unlimited possibilities we are faced with.

A RAISIN´S WONDERLAND visually tracks the path of a young woman’s quest to reset her rhythm.
Tiptoeing like the child of a child in a small village not far from the polar circle,
her empathy was quieted to a minimum.
Sometimes she parked her bicycle at the edge of the village, more for social than for physical reasons.
Arctic terns added thrill
but instead of revealing her fear, the young woman skipped the horizontal line
and kept swimming toward resolve.
All the while, her inner eye winked to her dearest love in the distance.
Due to and intoxicated by this mind-blowing scenic lavishness, they criss-crossed “Little I-land” together.
exhibition view, 2017, CYCLES AND CHAPTERS at Spöngin Culture House Reykjavík, Iceland

A Raisin´s Wonderland

A RAISIN´S WONDERLAND is a visual self-reflection, a psychogram. In summer 2016 I spent six weeks in Iceland during an Artist in Residency. Far away from home I reset my rythm and asked questions of accustomed behavioural patterns and dependencies. The pictures tell about the thin line between childish distraction and repetitive cycles of an adult.

analog picture on transparent paper photographed digitally
16 cape moods
exact dates of the 16 CAPE MOODS FOR BROKEN BODIES
light box with 16 CAPE MOODS FOR BROKEN BODIES

Cape moods for broken bodies

During the residency at Bare Art Centre in Northern Iceland my analogue camera body broke. I rebuilt it out of wood and transparent paper. Looking through the unbroken lens and the rebuilt body I took 16 digital pictures that were reflected on the transparent paper. CAPE MOODS FOR BROKEN BODIES explores the relationship between fragility and the fear of taking alien perspectives.

picture of the patio wall with pictures of the patio wall with shapes of the trees drewn by sun and moon
On a map I localised the photographed spots and wrote down the exact time of origin of each picture.
picture of the patio wall with picture of the patio wall including a time lapse
On a map I localised the photographed spots and wrote down the exact time of origin of each picture.
picture of the patio wall with picture of the patio wall with shadows of the sun and moon

Pre-sent

PRE-SENT is a multi media project realised during an Artist in Residency at Obras Art Foundation in Evora Monte, Portugal. Initial point was a material test with wallpaper paste. The location I was offered was a patio giving home to four trees. The calmness of the space that is neither inside nor outside reminded me of an awoken white cube. I visited the patio every hour for a day long and took one photo of a random selected spot on the wall.  Afterwards the 24 pictures were printed and glued on the exact spots where they where taken. 24 moments of the 10th of April 2017 were given back as a present to the space.

Alentejo sky from below the water surface, Evora Monte
Paulo Santos (14), Epifania Alfama (11) and Diego Varela (18) getting prepaired for the hydrotherapy
Maria Marques carrying Paulo Santos (14) into the swimming pool
portrait of Paulo Santos (14) under water
Silvestre França (50) waiting for his hydrotherapy
Paulo Santos (14) watching his feed and blowing bubbles
Paulo Santos (14) feet wandering on the floor of the swimming pool
Epifania Alfama (11) and her trainer in the swimming pool
Paulo Santos (14) fighting with his trainer Joaquim Sazaiva
water blisters from unterneath the surface
Silvestre França (50) with his three therapists in the swimming pool
Paulo Santos (14) in the swimming pool
therapist Maria Marques after the hydrotherapy
Centro de apoio a deficientes Luís da Silva, room with the swimming pool
Paulo Santos (14) next to the swimming pool
sky of Alentejo, Evora Monte
book dummy, graphic design Ingrid Mohnke

Errant Shore

The series provides insight into a few hours of hydrotherapy in the swimming pool at “Centro de apoio a deficientes Luís da Silva” close to Borba in Alentejo, Portugal. Hydrotherapy is a special form of therapy that is applied in waters. Buoyancy is a force that acts against gravity with the effect of loss of weight. Physical qualities of water are used to improve coordination, relax the body, reduce pain and train balance and movements. Water gives our body abilities it is not able to use on lands. Especially for people who are not able to move unlimited that ́s a fact which is of special relevance.

detail view from three-part installation with album, diapositive and negative strip
detail view from three-part installation with album, diapositive and negative strip
detail view from three-part installation with album, diapositive and negative strip
Eyes On, Month of Photography Vienna catalogue
Parnass 4/14
"his-/her-/my-story", exhibition curated by Michaela Obermair at Photoatelier Setzer-Tschiedel, Vienna, 2014

Absent

The installation deals with the travel memories of my grandmother, mother and sister. Collected photographic material serves as mnemonic device. Encountered gaps in the material reveal multisensory memories. ABSENT asks for the potential of photographs to recall memories.

Elfie Dallinger, 2014
Elfie Dallinger and Dietmar Janoschek
Fleur Knapp, 2012
Osman Porca, 2015
Sofia Lichtenwörther, 2012
exhibition BLICKDICHT at Dialogue in the Dark, Vienna, 2014

Insights

This portrait series is the result of dealing with the visual sense for a long time. INSIGHTS show blind people of different age and gender in their living spaces, both in urban and rural areas. Fragile characters that are however not revealed as blind at the first moment. Due to the knowledge of their surrounding they present themselves as confident and proud hosts.

blinks by coincidence, collected and cropped
blinks by coincidence, collected and cropped
BLICKDICHT at Dialogue in the Dark, Vienna, 2014
© Fernando Penim Redondo, Kaunas 2012

Unseen Fractions

A human blinks average 18.000 times a day. All blinks summarized result in 75 minutes we spend in unnoticed darkness each day. During a shooting my camera blinks about 150 times. Summarized this gives not even two seconds of exposure. Blinking counterparts meet each other by chance. The collection emphasizes the speciality of a moment in photography.

24 INIVISIBLE HOURS at Dialogue in the Dark, Vienna, 2014
memories of 24 INIVISIBLE HOURS in braille letters

24 Invisible Hours

10th of February 2011 I spent in complete darkness. My camera handled the task of seeing for me. The choice of the motif and the framing were directed by sounds, the senses of smell and touch as well as of coincidence. Experienced disorientation is depicted in the developed material. It reveals surprises and missed puzzle parts of the day.

Heimatverein Ladies, Bad Goisern
Hilda Kriechbaumer
Carla Amina Baghajati
Sr. Beatrix Mayrhofer
Hülya Alici
Renate Kaufmann
Sarah Hafez
Ro Raftl

Women and their Veils

The series arose for a book collaboration with Petra Stuiber in 2014. It shows women wearing headscarves because of many different religious, traditional and aesthetic reasons. The book „Kopftuchfrauen: Ein Stück Stoff, das aufregt“ was published by Czernin Verlag.

Karin & Franz Dold, Furtwangen
Car-ferry, Obernzell
Grete Marchl, Weißenkirchen
shipping pier, Spitz
"Donauinsel"
"Donaukanal"
Dunaújváros
Pécs
Belgrad after flood
on a Navrom catamaran to Sulina
inhabitants of Sfântu Gheorghe
Marea Neagră
exhibition in Spitz © Ida Kielmannsegg

Danube

DANUBE refers to Inge Moraths photoessay about the river. In 2012 I took her track and came closer to the rivers history and cultural occurrence. The exhibition project was initiated and supported by Michaela Obermair, Monika Obermeier, Kultur NÖ, Wachau Kultur and the city of Spitz. Documentary journeys for diePresse followed.

NDSM shipyard, Netherlands, 2010
Costa Brava, Spain, 2011
Livorno, Italy, 2011
Mali Losinj, Croatia, 2010
Stomorska, Croatia, 2014
Stomorska, Croatia
Goli Otok, Croatia
Stomorska, Croatia
Stomorska, Croatia
Krampnitz, Germany, 2013
Danzig, Poland, 2013
Prague, Czech Republic, 2014
Dalkey, Ireland, 2013

Se Souvenir

SE SOUVENIR is a travel diary. It shows situations all around Europe. Taking photographs is a way of coming closer to unknown situations, people and strange cultural modes. I stay guest but become more than a quiet observer. SE SOUVENIR is a subjective collection of distant closeness.