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EIKON #112

EIKON #112

Artists | Roger Ballen | Felicity Hammond | Mischa Kuball | Günther Selichar | Fiona Tan |

Viktoria Binschtok | Brigitte Borchhardt-Bidbaumer | Simon Bowcock | Pia Draskovits | Nela Eggenberger | Carla Susanne Erdmann |Brigitte Felderer | Barbara Filser | Jana Franze | Stefan Gronert | Beate Gütschow | Jochem Hendricks | Ruth Horak | Barbara Horvath | Peter Kunitzky | Christina Leber | Maren Lübke-Tidow | Cathrin Nielsen | Danièle Perrier | Uta M. Reindl | Roland Schöny | Claudia Slanar | Jan Stradtmann | Nadine Wietlisbach

Languages | German / English
| 280 x 210 mm
| 978-3-904083-05-8
108 pages

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Fiona Tan | Pia Draskovits
Günther Selichar | Ruth Horak
Roger Ballen | Gerald Piffl
Mischa Kuball | Danièle Perrier
Felicity Hammond | Nela Eggenberger


15 Years of BIG ART
ab_bilden (de_pict): Hans Hollein in the Focus of Contemporary Photography


The Assault of the Present

IN FOCUS: Light into the Darkness

How Is Artistic Photography Evolving?
Artistic Photography: Observations on the Definition
Spaces of the Photographic


Image Wars | Jana Franze


Stormy Weather | Roland Schöny
Michael Schmidt. Retrospective Photographs 1965–2014  | Maren Lübbke-Tidow
21.lettres.a.la.photographie@gmx.at | Leander Pöhls
After Us, the Flood | Brigitte Borchhardt-Birbaumer
Seedscapes. Future-Proofing Nature | Simon Bowcock


with Alfred Weidinger


Bernhard Fuchs—MÜHL


Aby Warburg. Bilderatlas Mnemosyne – The Original | Uta M. Reindl
Seth Lower. Units | Claudia Slanar
Henrik Spohler. Hypothesis | Carla Susanne Erdmann
Keeper of the Hearth | Peter Kunitzky
ZERO WASTE | Pia Draskovits


In view of the permanent further development of the medium and the expanding application methods of photography through the increasing shift into the digital world and—going together with this increased online use—the changed opportunities for the distribution of images, the question about what is actually characteristic of photography today is lacking in clarity. Faced with this uncertainty about its fundamental characteristics, it is not surprising that the call for a definition of so-called artistic photography cannot be fulfilled. After all, even the idea of art itself was shaken in its foundations by the rise of the post-modern, and since then it has had to undergo a constant re-evaluation.

Despite this diffuse starting point, the chosen referees at the top-level symposium of the DZ BANK Art Collection under the heading “Light into the Darkness” rose to the challenge of accepting a discussion about the “strangely constructed” term of so-called “artistic photography” (cf. Viktoria Binschtok, p. 63). Possible answers to the question “Where is artistic photography heading” were sounded out and discussed on site among the invited experts, including both photo theorists and artists, in the ART FOYER of the DZ BANK Art Collection in Frankfurt am Main from October 8 to 9, 2020. (For the hosts, considering the growing travel restrictions due to the pandemic, it was no easy task to hold the event “on site”.) EIKON accompanies the event under its existing heading “In Focus” (p. 61ff), from an excerpt of the questions that were already urgent in advance (outlined by Christina Leber and Cathrin Nielsen), through the ideas of selected participants presented during the event (p. 63ff), to a summary in the final report by Maren Lübbke-Tidow (p. 73–75); in addition, excerpts from the talks can be viewed and heard again on the website of the institution, which has also devoted itself for more than 25 years as a corporate collection to the photographic forms of expression in contemporary art.

Nela Eggenberger
for EIKON, November 2020

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