Five of the Gallery for Contemporary Photography’s artists address the event known as “Oktoberfest” and present their very own perspectives on the world’s largest folk festival.
12 September 2015 – 4 October 2015
Changes in opening hours from 23 until 29 September:
Tuesday-Friday 3 – 6:30 pm, Saturday 11 – 2 pm, closed on Monday 28 September
On 12 September beginning at 7 pm all are invited to the opening reception at the gallery. The artists Sonja Herpich, Käthe deKoe, Julia Thalhofer and Alois Späth will be present.
The following works are presented in the show:
Five of the Gallery for Contemporary Photography’s artists address the event known as “Oktoberfest” and present their very own perspectives on the world’s largest folk festival. The exhibition title “Happy Oktoberfest!” was deliberately chosen to be one-dimensional and invites the viewer to explore the artists’ individual positions in the exhibited works. These perspectives include ambiguous declaration, individual appropriation, as well as critical analysis.
Munich photographer Sonja Herpich is represented by her famous series, “half kitchen,” in which she has photographed herself before and after her shifts as an Oktoberfest waitress over a 16-day period in a quasi-photographic time lapse. In an impressive manner, the noisiness and physical exertion of her experience have carved themselves into the artist’s facial features, conveying the strain of the demand that staff maintain a beautiful appearance. On the other hand, Käthe deKoes’ images set up a contrast by making a statement about the hectic bustle of the rides and the cool aesthetic of machines alongside the visualization of speed and light. Julia Thalhofer’s Polaroid prints take a different approach. Through a vintage color palette paired with slightly milky blurs, her photos celebrate the aesthetic excess of a festival by presenting it as a paradisiac place of longing that exists far from reality—consciously applying “too much” as a critical alternative. From Alois Späth comes the sound installation “Klingada …!” comprised of two beer mugs, transducers and audio electronics that will play a tonal atmosphere from Oktoberfest through a special vibration speaker, using two beer mugs. Sounds, voices, snippets of music and all sorts of noises are filtered and transparently highlighted by the material of the beer mug, a sound– and beer-induced bliss, a blissful heaven of sound and beer… Finally, Alexa Meade transformed two beer steins into flat, two-dimensional representations of themselves through which she leaves a painterly interpretation of the objects directly on their surfaces, personalizing them by the application of her signature style.