• WHO WAS 1968?
    28 Sept 2018 − 13 Jan 2019

    LENTOS Kunstmuseum WHO WAS 1968? Art, Architecture, Society Curated by: Hedwig Saxenhuber, Georg Schöllhammer Loans by Kontakt from: Heimrad Bäcker, Stanisław Dróżdż, VALIE EXPORT, Stano Filko, Běla Kolářová, Július Koller, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević and Goran Trbuljak A decade of eruptions, departures and redefinitions in the steel city Linz. The year I968 marks a turning point that ushered in a new era. Across Western Europe and in the United States Student protests and workers’ revolts called into question the post-war power structure itself, while Soviet tanks bulldozed the Prague Spring into the ground and signalled the end of the hope that the Eastern Bloc would open up to the West. This exhibition harks back to the echoes of I968 in Linz and Upper Austria. Embracing the arts, architecture, music, film and literature, it unfolds for the first time a synoptic map on which key figures and moments of local history – some largely unknown to this day – are accorded a place. It enables visitors to embark on exploratory trips and to survey the rich fabric of relationships and linkages that includes points of contact with international scenarios and trends. Experiments in the aesthetic field were begun with a view to escaping from the cultural stuffiness of the first two post-war decades. The participating artists include: Claudia von Alemann, Ant Farm, Heimrad Bäcker, Josef Bauer, Bill Bollinger, Dietmar Brehm, Gerd Conradt, Waltraut Cooper, Stanisław Dróżdż, Erró, VALIE EXPORT, Harun Farocki, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Stano Filko, Helmuth Gsöllpointner, Timo Huber, Johann Jascha, Martha Jungwirth, Gülsün Karamustafa, Gerhard Knogler, Běla Kolářová, Juliús Koller, Peter Kubelka, Zofia Kulik, KwieKulik, Maria Lassnig, Fritz Lichtenauer, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Josef Nöbauer, OHO, Yoko Ono, Gina Pane, Friederike Pezold, Cora Pongracz, Chris Reinecke, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, Zorka Sàglovà, Dominik Steiger, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević, Goran Trbuljak, Tucumàn Arde, Jiřì Valoch, Agnés Varda, Peter Weibel, Hannah Wilke, Jana Želibská, Želimir Žilnik, Zünd-Up


Maria Hahnenkamp

Maria Hahnenkamp deals with the topic of the (primarily female) body and the everyday images, symbolic poses and rituals (including technical processes) via which this body is staged. She pursues the fascination that these images evoke in us—not to critically discard them, but rather to insert a level on which she produces a reflexive and at the same time sensitive view of them. This means that she not only refers to a particular iconography, that is to say, to stereotype female images, but also considers the process of perception and the structurally associated process of image construction in her work on these images or objects, in some cases also making use of linguistic contexts. Hahnenkamp questions the photographic image itself; in other words, this medium’s conventions as well as its materiality in terms of the picture’s surface or the frame that she works on, both to undermine the imaginary construct of the “female” body and to bring the aspect of the vulnerable and physical into play via a performatively charged counter-figure. An artistic tool employed in varying ways remains the overlapping of image surfaces by ornaments that the artist has embroidered or stitched on it by hand, the models for which come from monasteries’ books of patterns. Another of Hahnenkamp’s procedures consists in not only adding to photographic surfaces, but also taking something away from them by sanding them off. The moment which these processes of photo manipulation have in common consists in the subtle linkage of embellishment with disciplining and a latent aggression via which Hahnenkamp maintains the imaginary transformative process between (female) subject and the gaze, between the constitution of imagery and symbolic representation, while also making this process visible on various formal and technical levels.


1959, Eisenstadt / AT

Hahnenkamp has held workshops at the School for Artistic Photography Friedl Kubelka in Vienna (Austria) from 2001 to 2002 and was guest professor at the University of Art and Design in Linz (Austria) in 2004/2005. In 2008 she held a Photography course at the Summer Academy Traunkirchen (Austria). During her career, Hahnenkamp has received numerous prizes and awards, including the “Award of the City of Vienna for Fine Arts” (2008), the “Austrian Award of Recognition for Artistic Photography” (2007), the “frauen.kunst.preis” (2006), the “Award of the Landes-Hypothekenbank Tirol”, the “Outstanding Artist Award for Art of the City of Vienna” (1999), the “Römerquelle Editorial Award” (1998),  the “Otto Mauer Fund’s Prize” (1995) and the “Outstanding Artist Award for Art Photography from the Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture” (1994).

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