Ever since the invention of photography, still lifes have been among the medium's central themes – not least because a static subject could counteract technological deficiencies. What captivated early 19th century photographers still fascinates photographers today: the idea of creating a precise reproduction of reality and its exterior shell, particularly in the form of glass, flowers and fruit.
The exhibition 'Still: Still Life in Contemporary Photography' illustrates the broad range of subjects and wide choice of media in which contemporary artists explore this iconographic style today.
The exhibition presents one characteristic image by each artist. The 40 photographs on display not only document each artist's individual experience of impermanence, but are also a sensuous exploration of our physical reality, which increasingly gives way to the intangible nature of visual communication. Along with nudes, portraits and landscapes – all of which were originally genres of painting – still lifes have become one of the central themes of fine-art photography.
The exhibiting artists are Azt, Jihye Baek, Giovanni Castell, Heinz Cibulka, Daniele de Vitis, Marilú Eustachio, Sabine Groschup, Robert Gruber, Albano Guatti, Robert F. Hammerstiel, Matthias Herrmann, Bill Jacobson, Will Light Johnson, Leo Kandl, Rolf Koppel, Robert Kozma, Angelika Krinzinger, Paul Albert Leitner, Branko Lenart, Peter Loewy, Omar Lorenzoni, Ann Mandelbaum, Pasquale Martini, Elfriede Mejchar, Brigitte Niedermair, Annelies Oberdanner, Laura J. Padgett, Agnes Prammer, Christian Roeck, Anja Ronacher, Fabrizio Sacchetti, Stefano Scheda, Elfie Semotan, Ingeborg Strobl, Mathias Swoboda, Davide Tranchina, Martin Walde, Shen Wei, Robert Zahornicky and Michael Ziegler.
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