The world is a mystical place.
The viewfinder of my camera constructs the frame, through which I see my surroundings differently. I am finding a personal expression, without instantly naming it.
I am collecting in-between states: The seconds, before something is tipping, before something is changing. Those calm seconds full of potential.
My process is playfull , no strict rules apply. I love to see the work developing. In the dark room negatives become positives. The technique is a game for me, I change the rules. Scratches are becoming the essence of a photograph.
I admire the magic.
– Angelika Wienerroither
This was now
Reflections on time are the driving force behind the work of Angelika Wienerroither. The series “This was now” consists of nine abstract photographs. The pictures were made camera-less, exposed for days at a time: Film negatives are very sensitive. While working with analoge photography, the artist has to watch temperature, liquid, dust. What happens, however, if she uses this sensitivity to accumulate processes, private spaces, personal experiences of time?
9 analog photographs, 45 x 30 cm, fine art print on matt paper, dibond
Symonds Street Cemetery is build on a hill in Auckland and full of tension. Nature has
fought back the ground. Trees and bushes are growing over gravestones, giving the cemetery an
enchanted feeling. On the contrary, the municipality decided to construct a motorway bridge right across the religious site. The pillars of this bridge were pushed in the earth besides the graves. Five persons had to be exhumed.
10 analog photographs, 17,8 x 24 cm, silver gelatine print on matt paper, white wooden frame
Passage de l‘ Opéra
Louis Aragon describes in his book „Paris Peasant“ the Passage de l’Opéra. Whilst he was writing, the passage was doomed – it was demolished shortly after. „Paris Peasant“ however came to be one of the major works for the Parisian surrealists.
Whilst Angelika Wienerroither was in Paris, she was seeking after the ghosts of the surrealists. She searched for the Passage de l ‚Opéra, already knowing she will never find it. She went to the place, where André Breton used to live, where the first exhibition of the movement took place, where the artists invented their bureau for surrealistic research. And she copied their method: She walked through the city of Paris, without knowing where she will end up. She watched the street and hoped that something would catch her eyes, something which seemed out of place, something mysterious, something not belonging.
30 analog photographs, various sizes, matt fine art print. Words and sentences from Louis Aragons „Paris Peasant“ , which inspired the pictures, typed on a typewriter. A useless map of Paris, drawn out of memory.