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Karin Peyker

Make-believe memory, 2007

exhibition period:

June 3 - September 26 2010

photo book presentation:

June 10 2010, 7.30 p.m.

From 8.30 p.m. "Meet the artist at La Paloma-Bar!“

exhibition space:

State Gallery Linz

born in 1979 in Klagenfurt, lives in Salzburg
 


Karin Peyker, »Portrait der Großmutter« [Portrait of grandmother] aus / from »Scheinbare Erinnerung« [Make-believe memory], 2007

Installation: 9 C-Prints, je 25 x 35 cm hinter Plexiglas beschriftet / 25 x 35 cm each under perspex with caption

Künstlerbuch / Artists’s book, Film, 4’

 
Beginning with a framed photograph of her grandmother who died very early, the artist sets off to look for traces of materials about her, and combines the findings (snapshots, amateur films) into an extended portrait.

Karin Peyker’s interest in one of the central issues of the medium of photography, after memory or death, is also reflected in Roland Barthes’ epochal reflections on a picture of his dead mother. Yet his famous »noema« of photography – the »that is how it was« – is countered confidently by Peyker in her complex installation by an »it could have been thus«. The artist uses the photograph of the deceased as model to stage herself in the style and pose of the picture from the 1950s. The contrast of the two photographs showing the protagonists as surprisingly similar young women of about the same age not only reveals the longing for a personal dialogue, but here the attempt is made to acquire identity via a media-analytical act. Thus the beginning of a very poetic relationship unfolds that could never happen in reality. In an infinite film loop on the monitor, scenes from the grandmother’s life flare up again in pale colours: a view out of the window, street scenes, a burial. Karin Peyker’s work does not claim to be real, but instead photography itself becomes the subject of her questioning.

(Michael Mauracher)

 

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