Sissi Farassat / Erwin Polanc
Exhibition: 16 April - 11 July 2020
The Gallery will again be open for visitors: starting Friday, 15 May, 4 – 8 pm
The artist will be present.
Until then you can visit the exhibition virtually: ↳ Link
In a dual showcase the FOTOHOF is presenting new photographic works by Sissi Farassat and Erwin Polanc, both of whom explore design ideas primarily. A trait both artists have in common is their high standard of workmanship and their rigorous and consistent striving for image solutions underpinned by an auratic materiality and mysterious poetry.
In his latest work entitled Mago Über Verritt, Erwin Polanc takes a particular look at reality. The selection of photographs combines images that address the act of seeing and its perception. His photographs explore the anarchy of things and refuse any form of narration. Instead, they align into a radical sequence structured around sounding out and sensing places, traces and relationships. They document an intent to fashion and to form through photography while affording the images an autonomous space.
In her latest group of works entitled Contactprints, Sissi Farassat explores depictions of vast landscapes (right through to cloud formations), botanical close-ups and the classic idea and conception of humankind. She composes her ‘contact prints’ generated from the individual frames of each analogue film directly in the camera, and then hand-stitches or embroiders the images. The individually finished surfaces reference the tradition of Persian carpet weaving and knotting, adding a further sensory plane to the unique pieces created in this way.
Sissi Farassat, *1969 Tehran / Iran, lives and works in Vienna.
Erwin Polanc, *1982 in Neumarkt / Styria, lives and works in Graz.
FOTOHOF archive: Edith Tudor-Hart
Exhibition run: 9 April − 26 September 2020
FOTOHOF archiv / Sparkassenstraße 2 / 5020 Salzburg / Austria
Opening hours: on appointment only
Virtual tour of the exhibition:
Instructions: use your mouse to swivel a full 360 degrees around the exhibition and get as close to, or as far back from, the photographs as you need to. To move to another position or to a different room, simply click the white cross on the floor.
In this exhibition the FOTOHOF archive presents the newly discovered and now for the first time exhibited late work of the important British-Austrian photographer Edith Tudor-Hart. She took the photographs in the early 1950s and published them in a two-volume pedagogical introductory work on early school education entitled "Moving and Growing" (London 1952). In this work, the elements determining her life - the upbringing of children and socially engaged photography - come together in one work.
Edith Tudor-Hart comes from a secularized Jewish family in Vienna and her first professional training was as a kindergarten teacher with a special interest in modern, enlightened pedagogy. She also took Montessori courses in London. Later she turned to photography and after studies at the Viennese „Graphische Lehr- und Versuchsanstalt“ and at the „Bauhaus Dessau“ she went into exile in London to work very successfully as a photographer. Edith Tudor-Hart's brother is the photographer and filmmaker Wolf Suschitzky (1912 - 2016), whose life's work is also kept in the FOTOHOF archive.