knowing you, knowing me

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Camera Austria

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Koproduktion steirischer herbst & Camera Austria

Surveillance can be described not only as a strategy of control and discipline but also comprises a voyeuristic aspect, the at times obscene representational politics of the subject in which the public and private spheres are increasingly synchronised. Recording and enactment, surveillance and performativity are interrelated practices of a visual culture in which technologies of publishing the self are negotiated more and more.

Against this backdrop of constant enactment and representation of individuality, authenticity and identity, images are coming to assume a new role; but to what extent have we already internalised the power of images so much that we are starting to identify with these representational mechanisms, as they seem to guarantee a possibility of participating in a culture of the public?

"knowing you, knowing me" presents works by artists who employ photography as an accomplice for - ironic, critical, subversive - construction of realities; who operate with the viewers' knowledge of images - a knowledge that has always existed and that is constantly growing - and thus initiate a veritably collaborative process in this construction of reality that shifts the question of the control of images onto new social ground.

Kuratorin / Kurator: Reinhard Braun
Kuratorin / Kurator: Maren Lübbke-Tidow
Künstlerin / Künstler / Gruppe: Thomas Feuerstein
Künstlerin / Künstler / Gruppe: Rainer Oldendorf
Künstlerin / Künstler / Gruppe: Marco Poloni