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Franz Kapfer

Centaur, 2004/05

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

exhibition space:

OK Offenes Kulturhaus

born in 1971 in Fürstenfeld, lives in Vienna
 


Franz Kapfer, »Zentaur« [Centaur], 2004/05

Video, 24’

Fotos / Photos: Salzburger Kunstverein, Andrew Phelps

 
In his work as an artist Franz Kapfer calls the formation of historical myths into question, as well as their relevance to the present in order to confront them performatively with his persona as an artist. In the chapel of Ursulinenkirche, dedicated to the worship of the Virgin Mary that flourished in the late Baroque period, Kapfer shows an installation entitled Centaur, which consists of a video and the torso of a horse.

For Kapfer the centaur – the embodiment of the teacher, the outlaw and the artist – represents his attempt to position himself in his father role and to address the potential failure of educational efforts. The centaur as teacher knows about the drama of life but has difficulty getting his message across. »Chances are you have not always been able to understand my language«, Pasolini’s centaur says to Jason. »Listen, listen, daughter, all this is a bunch of lies,« says Kapfer to his daughter, and announces that parental instructions are doomed to fail. From off screen the mother makes her presence felt; as opposed to Kapfer, she does not opt for language but for bodily action. She breastfeeds the child and puts the centaur, who has fallen over, back on his feet. Centaurs also flank the entrance of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. »I studied here for eight years. They were talking about giving me a job as a caretaker. That’s how mean they were to your father,« says Kapfer, summing up his position in the art world. The rest is resignation; Kapfer divests himself of the body of the centaur, dusts it down and uses it as a stool. Ending with the words, »Now the sun will be gone any minute.«

(Sandro Droschl, Franz Kapfer)

 

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