Opening: 29.12.2021, 17:00 – 21:00 Uhr
Exhibition: 4.1. – 12.2.2022
Finissage curated by Lisa Mazza, curator at BAU: 12.2.2022, 17:00
Text: Ingrid Hora
The photographs of Perckhammer (1895-1965) are the same time a subjective account an individual destiny and a valuable historical documentation of time and space.
Half a century after his death, in a kiosk in South Tyrol, Ingrid Hora (born 1976) finds a yellowed postcard depicting a colourful collage. Intrigued, she decides to find out more about who took the picture and discovers Perckhammer’s rich body of work. She is fascinated by the singular life of the photographer as well as his formal acuity. Besides being born in South Tirol, the two artists have in common to have extensively travelled in China and lived in Berlin; with a century in between though.
One could see the exhibition at Foto Forum Bolzano as a dialogue between the two artists. More accurately it is a staged dialogue where only Ingrid Hora is in charge. She has no pretention to “truthfully” present Perckhammer’s work. On the contrary, she gives herself a full artistic license to freely select, reframe, spatially install and to confront it with her own sculptures. By doing so she triggers new stories, which the viewer can continue to write. Ultimately the show is about the role of fate in an artist’s life, as well as in the life of an art work, which continues to evolve and produce new meanings long after the artist’s death.