Grant Viennacontemporary 2016

Grant Viennacontemporary

 Artproof is happy to be an official partner for viennacontemporary 2016. Artproof Grant in amount of 5000eur will be given out to a photo artist selected by the committee. The grant winner will be announced during the press conference of viennacontemporay on 21 September 2016 at Marx Halle Vienna.

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During the opening of veinnacontemporary 2016, the jury looked through works of more than 30 young photo artists and was able to choose finalists. The three finalists were Mladen Bizumic, Ulrike Königshofer and Jaakko Kahlianiemi.

After a long and difficult discussion, the jury made the selection and Artproof if happy to announce the winner of Artproof Grant for photo producion in amount of 5000eur at viennacontemporary 2016 – Ulrike Königshofer, represented by Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna, Austria.


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Ulrike´s work „Sechs Sekunden Mondlicht“ (Six Seconds of Moonlight).

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Installation view: Ulrike Königshofer, Sechs Sekunden Mondlicht (Six Seconds of Moonlight), moonlight on 4C photo paper, 15 sheets à 21×15 cm, 21.4. – 11.5.2015

At this year´s viennacontemporary the Galerie Reinthaler presents works by Ulrike Königshofer – a young Austrian who examines the integration and recording of information about the world. The origin of this engagement is found in the sensuous perception, which takes place in the body as a physical process, and still it produces knowledge about the outside world. How close can this perceived image be to the world itself as it is? The works discuss this connection between an object and its capacity of being represented.

What makes a physical process, such as the reaction of a substance with another, into the reflection of the one onto the other? How can something talk about an object, without itself being that very object? This set of issues are addressed by threading a new path of technical media, of the photographic image as a prototype for understanding the representational character of image – making.

A part of the series ‘80°Celsius’ will be shown, consisting of photographs which are non-representational. They emerged from the exposure to temperature of the negative stripes of film, which were briefly exposed to light without an actual camera. The photographic material is here not a representation of something else; it is not merely a medium any longer, but in fact a purely physical, existing body.

A further work, ‘Six Seconds of Moonlight’, captures the moonlight on photographic paper. This creates neither an image of the moon, nor a shadows contour of the objects which are illuminated (similarly to a photogram). The pictures were made on each day of the lunar phases, in which coloured photographic paper was exposed to the moonlight and then developed. The vacant spaces on the wall mark the cloudy days or those without a visible moon.

It is precisely the bodily connection with the represented object which lends its authenticity to the medium. Paradoxically, the materiality vanishes in this treatment, and the medium is perceived only as an intermediary to another body, and not as a body in itself – similarly to a scientific measurement device, which would stand in a neutral place outside of the world. The medium is considered as an ideal when it is without any characteristics and as a pure reproduction of the characteristics of the represented object. Media are usually perceived as mere intermediaries for something, and not as bodies in themselves.

The works in the exhibition elevate the medium from its role, so that it does not appear as an immaterial carrier of information, but it receives a body of its own. The emphasis on the materiality of the media enables a view of the picture as a material object, which is not relegated to something else, but which, in the here and the now, is itself.


Courtesy of Galerie Reinthaler

 Special thank you to Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt the Artistic Director of viennacontemporary for helping to make the project happen.

 The jury:

 Ruth Horak, Author, curator, lecturer for contemporary art and photography, ViennaMag.

 Nela Eggenberger, Chief editor EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art, Vienna

 Krister Rekkaro – Export Sales Manager and Partner, Artproof, Berlin