Places, Strange and Quiet
OstLicht, Photography, Wien, Austria
Saturday October 6, 2012 - Saturday November 17, 2012 - Event ended.
OstLicht Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition ‘Places, Strange and Quiet’ by the internationally renowned director and photographer Wim Wenders. The selection will be displayed in Austria for the first time, with over forty large-format photographs on display. This exhibition brings together a selection of works from the past forty years. Travelling through Eastern Germany, Australia, Armenia and Japan, Wenders’ fascinated gaze enables him to draw out the essence of any moment, place or space.
The exhibition will be opened by Peter Zawrel.
The artist will be in attendance.
From 8 pm the neighbouring Caritas and ((supercar)) halls will provide the location for a party, supported by Loft City and in cooperation with FM4.
DJs: Joyce Muniz, Functionist, M.O.T.S.A.
Wim Wenders’ photographs could be described as a survey of the inconspicuous. They mostly capture places void of people: abandoned, forgotten or unknown landscapes. They exude a subtle melancholy, exemplify a poetry of the forgotten and present things on the verge of disappearance. In his photographs, Wenders does not capture conventional or everyday recognisable spaces; instead, he is interested in the “invisible” and hence looks for the unknown or the seemingly marginal. On his journeys he discovers unmarked areas on the map, and through their visual depiction he then challenges the presumptions or expectations that an observer might have about these areas. His intention with the photographs is to capture places and landscapes and to distil the memory of these.
Wim Wenders’ photographs are almost always deserted, whether depicting a rusty ferris wheel on an empty lawn in Armenia, an abandoned open air cinema in Palermo or a house in ruins in the former Jewish quarter of Berlin.
The gallery will be open for the Lange Nacht der Museen on October 6, 2012 from 6 pm until 1 am .