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 28.4. - 19.5.
Sneak a Peek: April 28 - May 3, '21
Bildraum 07, Vienna

Due to the current Covid19 measures, the exhibition is initially well visible for you from the outside under the format "Sneak a Peek".

regular exhibition duration: May 4 - May 19 '21
After the lockdown, the exhibition will be open for you regularly from May 4.

 

MARKO ZINK | M 48°15′ 24.13″ N, 14° 30′ 6.31″ E

During his visits to the Mauthausen Memorial, Austrian artist Marko Zink made a disturbing discovery: For many visitors, the memorial site is a sightseeing location today, selfies included. In his new project, Zink now attempts to give the site its dignity back by using photographic techniques. His goal is to make a dual disappearance visible: the extinction of people and the eradication of memories

"The exhibition title could not be more objective: M 48° 15′ 24.13″ N, 14° 30′ 6.31″ E are the coordinates for Mauthausen. What interests Marko Zink is not documentation but irritation. He forces viewers to look carefully, opening up a multilayered debate. Using the medium of photography, he attempts to make a twofold disappearance visible: the extermination of people and the eradication of memory. It is an intensive engagement with a past that will not expire. The medium chosen by Marko Zink is analog photography. He manipulates the material before exposing it: He boils it or stamps it, treats it with chlorine or ink eraser. Using this delicate material, he photographs selected sites in and around the former concentration camp. Sometimes Zink's works seem like found historical photos, taken quickly and in secret, bleached by the sun, half destroyed by the ravages of time. On a separate plane, the photos' injuries seem to give an account of the atrocities that took place there less than eight decades ago. And sometimes they seem to make visible what seemingly cannot be seen anymore. With his work, however, Marko Zink reminds us that this is still possible: that which remembers the past, and that which warns against what is to come – we can see it all. If only we want to." (Wolfgang Huber-Lang)

The approach of Marko Zink's photos—and I deliberately do not call them a "photo series," as they lack any serial character—is utterly novel. It is an approach that defies all ritualized forms of remembrance of the Nazi regime and the Shoah. The more ritualized the commemoration—be it in educational mass events or during politically decreed festivities—the more questionable the gain. Official commemoration rituals are formulaic and lifeless realities that Marko Zink challenges with his reality. (Felicitas Heimann Jelinek)

Exhibition Duration: April 28 - May 19, 2021
Sneak a Peek: April 28 - May 3 '21
Regularly open: May 4 - May 19 '21

related link Bildraum 07

A project by Marko Zink in cooperation with
galerie michaela stock and the Mauthausen Memorial.

Catalog: "M 48° 15′ 24.13″ N, 14° 30′ 6.31″ E"
Mandelbaum Verlag; ISBN: 9783854768272
Authors: Gudrun Blohberger, Christian Dürr, Barbara Glück, Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek, Wolfgang Huber-Lang, Thomas Licek, Marija Nujic, Bertrand Perz and Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein.

 

 

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