Babel Tales at Kunst Haus Wien

Babel Tales at Street. Life. Photography at KUNST HAUS WIEN


The city is one of the most dazzling subjects in the history of photography: KUNST HAUS WIEN presents with the exhibiton Street. Life. Photography Icons of Street Photography from seven decades. From Merry Alpern, Diane Arbus, Robert Frank to Lee Friedlander or Martin Parr – with more than 35 photographic positions and over 200 works, the exhibition deals with the radical changes and aesthetic developments in street photography from the 1930s to the present.

Street Life, Crashes, Public Transfer, Anonymity, and Alienation – in five kaleidoscope-like chapters, the exhibition shows the central themes of street photography and draws visitors into a wide variety of visual worlds, some of which seem surreal. Analogue photography is alongside digital photography, the 35mm camera alongside the large-format camera, black-and-white photography meets colour photography and familiar icons of photographic history.

International classics of street photography are associated with young, contemporary positions such as Mohamed Bourouissa, Harri Pälviranta or Austrian artists such as Alex Dietrich and Lies Maculan – and open up a new perspective on the different spaces of the city that the observation of the urban environment offered in the past and today. Street. Life. Photography sheds light on the continuing fascination that this theme has exerted on 20th and 21st century photography, producing a genre of its own.

Street. Life. Photography. Seven Decades of Street Photography is an exhibition organized by Haus der Photographie / Deichtorhallen Hamburg in cooperation with KUNST HAUS WIEN, with works from the F.C. Gundlach Collection, Hamburg, and others. The show has been curated by Sabine Schnakenberg (Deichtorhallen Hamburg); conceptual adaptation for its presentation in Vienna by Verena Kaspar-Eisert (KUNST HAUS WIEN).

Artists: Merry Alpern, Diane Arbus, Mohamed Bourouissa, Andrew Buurman, Harry Callahan, Yasmine Chatila, Maciej Dakowicz, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Alex Dietrich, Natan Dvir, Melanie Einzig, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Peter Funch, Bruce Gilden, Siegfried Hansen, Candida Höfer, William Klein, Erich Lessing, Leon Levinstein, Lies Maculan, Melanie Manchot, Jesse Marlow, Mirko Martin, Rudi Meisel, Lisette Model, Loredana Nemes, Arnold Odermatt, Harri Pälviranta, Martin Parr, Doug Rickard, Andrew Savulich, Axel Schön, Stephen Shore, Slinkachu, Wolfgang Tillmans, Dougie Wallace, Michael Wolf