no title (self with...) 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.