Opening: 16.09.2014 ore 19
Introduction: Sabine Gamper
Franziska Gilli will be present.
Duration of the exhibition: 17.09. – 18.10.2014
The foto-forum gallery will open the upcoming exhibition season with “Passengers to nowhere” from the South Tyrolean photographer Franziska Gilli (born in Bolzano, lives and works in Frankfurt and Hanover).
We will be showing a series on the trail to the highest mountain hut in Europa and a portrait of Elena Runggaldier, ski jumper from Gherdëina. Both works deal with an individual protagonist’s search for tranquillity as well as their striving for physical and mental isolation at a great height. While the ski jumper achieves her objective and glories in it for only a few seconds, the hiker wanders around and finds peace here and there. The two have in common the circumstance that they rarely know in advance precisely when they will reach what they are looking for.
The work on Elena Runggaldier originated in the winter of 2012-13 in the run-up to the Winter Olympics in Sochi 2014, where female ski jumpers were allowed to take place for the first time, 90 years after men’s participation. The 24-year old has been a member of the Italian ski jumping team for eleven years, and won the historic first Italian medal at a ski-jumping World Cup in 2011 with second place in Oslo. A multi-media reportage – “L’aquila azzurra” – can also be seen at the exhibition, in which Elena Runggaldier speaks about fear, her dreams at night and the feeling in the air during a good jump. Four seconds for the audience can sometimes be an eternity for her.
Photographs from the Übeltalferner glacier are combined in the series on the climb to Capanna Regina Margherita, 4554 m in height, in the Monte Rosa Massif at the border between Italy and Switzerland. The story “Im weißen Rauschen” [“In White Noise”] originated in 2013 in collaboration with the journalist Tobias Oellig, who accompanied Franziska Gilli to both areas when she searched on high with her camera for peace and tranquillity. The pictures in the exhibition do not follow any chronology or narrative, but rather stand in their own right beyond the journalistic context, stand for the feeling of placing one foot in front of the other, somewhere between heaven and earth, in an indefinable quiet, relaxing on the one hand, while strangely menacing when broken by soft crackling in the glacier on the other.