Ana Filipovic: »Beyond Stucco«; Foto: Martin Mannweiler
»From Over Crossing Destinations«
Raed Bawayah’s photo series »From Over Crossing Destinations« depicts people in daily life. In his Palestinian portraits, scenes de genre of Stuttgart, and Parisian or Transylvanian stories, the eye introspectively searches for an instantaneous and deep social conversation.
»War or social happenings are Bible stories. In this realistic project, Israelis, Palestinians, and European minorities are treated from a very human perspective, without a peculiar meaning of anecdote. This is about people. To bring their lives within an intelligible consideration of all backgrounds or misery, the photographer shots ibito. The camera is then acting retrospectively. To shoot them, you may make them shootable, eligible and respectable. Both the black and white and the framing composition put the spectator and the model at the same level of dialogue. My project is to bring another kind of people and ways of living in the most respectable place, to focus on them, this and their blessings. Detailed anatomy of the bodies lying in their intimacy or moving on a dance, the use of naturalistic proportions calls the viewer’s attention on the realism of the scene.«
Raed Bawayah (*1971 in Qattana/Palästina) studied photography at the Musrara School of Photography, New Media and Music in Jerusalem/Israel. In 2004 he went to France as a resident artist at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Bawayah’s photographs were exhibited in several group exhibitions in Jerusalem, Um Al-Fahem, Tel Aviv and Ramallah. He also had solo exhibitions at the French Cultural Centres in Jerusalem and Nazareth, at the Franco-German Cultural Centre in Ramallah, at Al-Najah University in Nablus and Gaza and lately at the Mois de la photo in Paris, France. In 2004 he participated in the Arab Photo Festival in Jordan under the theme »The Suffering of Palestinian Citizens«. He was a Solitude fellow in 2007.
»The Judge« broaches the ability of mankind to confront others with merciless prejudices at anytime and. This ability appears to be enhanced within the »microsociety« of Solitude. The drawings by Katya Bonnenfant form comments and insults to a fidgety dance, that is performed by her reknowed »monsters« in a dark corner of Solitude.
Katya Bonnenfant (*1975 in Belfort/France) studied graphic design and visual arts in Paris. Today, she primarily works as a web designer, whereby her work crosses over into the fields of sound and music, video, animation film and the performing arts. Bonnenfant developed web sites for the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2001), for the Ecole régionale des beaux arts de Valence (2003) und for the restaurant/bar/gallery Sketch in London (2004). Furthermore she created a video clip for her music album »l’homme aux yeux bleujaune« (2003) and her work »tea ceremony for lady Di« 2001 was featured at the Palais de Tokyo. Bonnenfant has taught numerous workshops on web design, sound and video in Paris and Valence and is currently teaching animation at the Ecole Nationale de Beaux-Arts in Lyon. She was a Solitude fellow in 2005/2006.
»There is this fine line of hope and supplication that connects you with the sky. It’s like you’re holding onto the sky. You feel comforted as long you can hold on to something. A sky full of sorrow and hope. To hold on, not to let go. »Incinerator« is a ritualistic device, which burns your regrets in the moment it hits the sky. Just the ashes remain … The project is a collaboration with Jason Iftakar.«
The aesthetic language of Ingrid Hora is that of familiar, comforting domesticity displaced. The pieces, like their intended owners are simultaneously camouflaged and conspicuous, they hide as well as expose. They carry stories of loneliness, the need to hide and the desire to reach out.
Ingrid Hora (*1976 in Bozen/Italy) currently lives in London. She studied architecture and experimental design in Vienna and London. In 2003–2004, she earned her Masters of Arts from the Royal College of Art. Ingrid Hora has held a number of teaching positions since 2001, such as the Summer School of the Architectural Association (AA) in London and at the Technical University in Vienna. Hora was a Solitude fellow in 2008. Her works were shown at the Austrian Pavillon of the Architecture Biennal in Venice (2004), at Harajuki Piazza Tokyo (2004), in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (2005), in the M&R Gallery, at the »Zoo-artfair« in Hyde Park, in »Plantwalk« (with Marie Jan Lund) at the RIBA (all London, 2006) and at Parlament Hill, London (2007). She was a Solitude fellow in 2007.
Exhibition duration: Friday, February 1 to Sunday, March 16, 2008
Hours: Tues-Thurs 10am-noon & 2–5:30pm, Fr 10am-noon & 2-4pm, Sat–Sun noon-5:30pm