اداباي

(2017)

An eth­n­o­bi­o­graph­ic­al, per­form­at­ive exper­i­ment

22 pho­to­graph­ic prints (40x60 cm), addi­tion­al mater­i­al (over­all sizes vari­able)

In the “Fasching” (car­ni­val) 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 22 pho­to­graphs:

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