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Sissi Farassat

The Müllers, 2008

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

State Gallery Linz

born in 1969 in Tehran / Iran, lives since 1978 in Vienna
www.farassat.wordpress.com
 


Sissi Farassat, aus der Serie / from the series »Die Müllers« [The Müllers], 2008

C-Prints mit Nähseide / C-prints with silk thread je 45 x 30 cm each

© VBK Wien, 2010

 
Sissi Farassat examines the media-related treatment of female identity, above all in the form of photographs estranged through needlework techniques. The artist found 35mm slides from the 1960s in a flea market and printed out these shots of a three-person family, presumably living in Vienna.

The viewers, however, only see the white reverse side of the paper. The people depicted on the front, whose outlines the artist stitched with needle and thread, have as it were left an impression. The painstakingly repeated piercing of the pictures with needle and thread, the indexed connection between the thread with the photo refers to myths and theories of photography. At the same time this approach reflects a certain understanding of female roles, because embroidery and the labelling of family albums were typical women’s work. As traces of the past, the presumed poses of the anomymised Müllers at the same time give the effect of templates from a collective, family-specific pictorial memory. They reflect the custom when the photograph still marked the process of being photographed as a special moment, in which the depicted is »transformed in advance« into the picture (Roland Barthes). The numbers and company names printed on the back also refer to processes of identification, to an almost lost photographic age. The extent to which the artist in any way keeps to the documentary »promise« of the photography cannot be examined: our fantasy decides what the figures on the other side actually show.

(Stefanie Hoch)

 

 

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