June 21, 2007 - Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) - 21 POSITIONS
June 21, 2007

21 POSITIONS

Manfred Willmann, from the series <i>Das Land</i>, 1981-1993, Copyright: Manfred Willmann

21 POSITIONS
May 15-August 25 | 2007

Gallery hours: Monday Saturday | 10 am 6 pm

Austrian Cultural Forum New York
11 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022
212 319 5300
www.acfny.org

21 POSITIONS

Exhibition dates: May 15 August 25 | 2007
Gallery hours: Monday Saturday | 10 am 6 pm
Bitter / Weber
Hubert Blanz
Heinz Cibulka and Magdalena Frey
Clegg & Guttmann
Lois Hechenblaikner
Judith Huemer
Harald Hund
Iris Klein
Markus Krottendorfer
Paul Albert Leitner
Michaela Moscouw
Rita Nowak
Lisl Ponger
Lois Renner
Markus Schinwald
Eva Schlegel
Ruth Schnell
Günther and Loredana Selichar
Manfred Willmann
Andrea Witzmann
Erwin Wurm

Curator: Christoph Thun-Hohenstein

The Austrian Cultural Forum New York is pleased to present 21 POSITIONS, an art photography show that will be on view through August 25. More than a mere assembly of 21 artistic positions, this exhibition is about looking at the 21st century from different angles. Rather than celebrating speed, ubiquity, and unlimited growth, the new state of the art is to make us reflect on what we are about to lose. Presenting 21 artistic positions of seeing others and ourselves, the show explores a number of core factors underlying the malaise and optimism of our young century: SURFACE AND ILLUSION (Eva Schlegel, Clegg & Guttmann, Michaela Moscouw); SEDUCTION (Lois Renner, Rita Nowak, Lois Hechenblaikner, Iris Klein); OBSESSION (Markus Schinwald, Erwin Wurm); LIKENESS AND DIFFERENCE (Magdalena Frey and Heinz Cibulka, Ruth Schnell, Paul Albert Leitner, Harald Hund); CHANGE, FAST AND SLOW (Hubert Blanz, Markus Krottendorfer, Günther and Loredana Selichar, Andrea Witzmann, Judith Huemer, Lisl Ponger, Bitter / Weber, Manfred Willmann). 21 POSITIONS is curated by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, director of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.

The exhibitions focus is on recent art photography from Austria. In contradistinction to the situation in Germany, the Austrian scene has not been marked by a dominant art photography school. While Viennese Actionism and the systematic exploration of the self were a determining influence for almost any Austrian artist, including those interested in photography, this pressure also created a stimulus to break free from the strong focus on the body. A broad range of artistic possibilities opened up, and younger artists from very different artistic backgrounds felt free to roam into less orthodox territories. 21 POSITIONS offers a glimpse into the variety of recent art photography in Austria without attempting to capture the entire spectrum. All the works included date from 2000 or thereafter, with the exception of the selection of 27 photographs from Manfred Willmanns celebrated oeuvre Das Land. His photographic observations on the slow pace of change in the Austrian countryside and the lives of those who stay and resist the temptation to move to the city make us reflect on memory and progress, a focus of ACFs activities.

An exhibition catalogue, available for free, has been published in conjunction with the exhibition.

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Admission to all ACF exhibitions, concerts, and other events is free.
Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.
The Austrian Cultural Forum is located at 11 East 52nd Street in Manhattan.
For additional information call 212 319 5300 or visit www.acfny.org

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