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25 July 2022 -  31 July 2022

How to acquire space:

The focus of this analogue photo series is on the examination of the relationship between body and space. Using a slightly different approach to space and its furniture, different poses and different image concepts develop playful connections between material and human. The movements are imaging and intuitive, this series works like an examination, breaking up the usual spatial and familiar contexts and creating new relationships.

These performative photographs stand in the tradition of self-staging and selfportrayal of the artists of the 1960s with the body serving as material. In addition to self-questioning and the exploration of internal psychological relationships, these photographs also visualize a multi-faceted involvement with the sociopolitical discourse about role models, external-/self-perception, social positioning and identity formation. The female body disappears behind, under or in different objects, the striking visibility of the self-timer symbolizes a self-determined act as an artist and woman.

A performance only for the camera, isolated and intimate, it is only made accessible to the viewer through photography alone. The room becomes a stage, where the different relationships are processed.

Martina Stapf ( b. 1990, Eisenstadt, Austria) is a visual artist living and working in Vienna. 

Her artistic work deals with the human body as material. She uses the body to examine the roles of movement, of the physical and how we articulate ourselves with it in different spaces.

Her photographs have a performative character, whereby the body serves as her projection surface from inside and outside. Our body deals with all areas of social and physical relationships when it becomes a product of them. We move in different patterns, identify ourselves through different actions, spaces and relationships. Martina is interested in exactly these relationships between humans, material and space. Using the human body, she  examines various structures and reflect on them. The body becomes a surface that is processed in a performative act and captured by using the technique of photographic fixation. The materiality of surfaces, especially in connection with the human body, plays a major role, which is why she works with different materials from various fabrics to paper and my own skin.



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