A, DABEI (IN) – UNDERSTANDING FASCINGSM

A, DABEI (IN) – UNDERSTANDING FASCINGSM (2017)

An eth­n­o­bi­o­graph­ical, per­form­at­ive experiment

20 Pho­to­graphs, addi­tional mater­ial (over­all sizes variable)

In the “Fasching” sea­son people dis­guise and often hide their faces. A cus­tom that allows dif­fer­ent inter­pret­a­tions, depend­ing on the point of view. Thus also an occa­sion to reflect on dress reg­u­la­tions and con­ven­tions, on con­form­ity and role mod­els; about what is famil­iar or strange /​exotic, espe­cially con­cern­ing the own “cul­tural background”.

Carinthia (Aus­tria) as my family’s ori­gin region is the set­ting for an exper­i­ment that incon­spicu­ously con­fuses stig­mat­iz­ing tend­en­cies in con­tem­por­ary image pro­duc­tion, involving the local pho­to­grapher Fran­ziska David who usu­ally works for regional media: The woman dressed in black is a stranger adapt­ing to this and that cus­tom and stands out even more by doing so, her veiled face being a con­ces­sion to seem­ingly dif­fer­ent, con­tra­dict­ory conventions.

5 out of 20 photographs:

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