Grenzen.

https://www.priskaleutenegger.ch/blog/43-grenzen


Verfasst am 15. November 2017.

By Priska Leutenegger

Die Wiedergeburt des Ikarus. - Das Feuer der Freiheit ist menschlich.

Die eigene Freiheit hat sogar etwas sehr natürliches. Jedes Tier sucht seine Freiheit und verliert einen Teil seiner selbst, wenn es hinter Gitter gesperrt wird.

Grenzen können gesund sein, wenn man sie denn einzusetzen weiss, wenn man sie nicht aus verzweifelter Angst, aus Machtansprüchen oder Gier zieht und erstellt. Wissen wir überhaupt noch, was gesunde Grenzen sind?
Wir überschreiten Grenzen, täglich, stündlich. Wir treten die Natur, unsere Erde, unsere Heimat mit Füssen und merken es oft nicht einmal, nicht unmittelbar. Doch die Grenzen sind längst überschritten. Die Folgen, zuerst schleichend, nun aber mit unfassbarem Tempo vorwärtsrasend, überfluten uns mit schierer Grenzenlosigkeit. Wir scheinen völlig den Überblick zu verlieren, alles gleitet uns aus den Händen. Sogar in unserem eigenen Leben wissen wir nicht mehr, wo unsere Grenzen sind. Mensch, Erde, Natur leiden am „Ausgebrannt-Sein“. Würden wir mal ein paar Schritte zurückgehen, den Blick öffnen und das gesamte Bild betrachten, würden wir die Rauchschwaden und die vielen kaum mehr zu löschenden Brände erkennen.

In der am letzten Freitag eröffneten Ausstellung im Kunstraum Ewigkeitsgasse in Wien spielen Grenzen eine zentrale Rolle. Neben meinen Fotografien mit dem Titel: „Die Wiedergeburt des Ikarus.“, welche sich vor allem mit dem Erwachen aus der Starre befassen (aus dem tiefsten Wunsch, Grenzen zu sprengen, um endlich wieder zur wahren Natur zurückzufinden), zeigte Chris Haderer ein filmisches Kurzportrait über Elsie Slonim (Besuch im Sperrgebiet). Die auf Nordzypern lebende Fotografin Tijen Erol Yakub unterstreicht das Thema mit ihren eindrücklichen Arbeiten aus dem Grenz- und Sperrgebiet auf Zypern. Die Ausstellung läuft noch bis Ende Dezember 2017.

Empfehlenswert auch die Bücher "Vom Brot im Meer" sowie "Mousie Longtail" von Elsie Slonim, beide erschienen im Verlagshaus Hernals, Wien.

A Dream Comes True....

The theme of this year's Uppsala Fotofestival was DREAM. 24 solo exhibitions and one street group exhibition of 15 photographers had a chance to exhibit their DREAMS.

"In Uppsala there is a widespread interest in photography. We are many practitioners of the art form; professional photographers, amateurs, freelancers, students, and more. The county has several training programs in secondary and college, numerous photo associations, associations which offer courses in photography, as well as galleries and museums showcasing photographic art. It is also something that most people practice some form and have feelings.

Therefore, this is how they started Uppsala Photo Festival, to create a platform for photography in Uppsala, a development opportunity and inspiration, collaboration and visibility for both photographers and photo enthusiasts." say the two festival producers and project managers Anna Lundgren and Idit Margulis.

"In four years, Uppsala Photo Festival has grown into an international event with an extensive program of four legs; exhibitions, lectures, workshops and competitions. Since 2012, we have a theme each year, which was Movement in 2012, Emotions in 2013, and SELF in 2015.

This year, 2017, the theme was DREAMS.

I had my solo exhibition "Framing Beyond the Wall" about my dream of a United Cyprus, in Uppsala Castle, Peace House with around 40 photos from my project. The festival was a great success with great exhibitions, activities for the children and youth, lectures and workshops and many visitors.

http://eng.uppsalafotofestival.se/?page_id=594

 

Our Buffer Zone Story

OUR BUFFER ZONE STORY


https://theartunited.com/2017/07/10/our-buffer-zone-story/

Our first event, the photography exhibition of theArtUnited in the Buffer Zone was a great success. The photography exhibition was open for 3 days, 26-28 June during the Unite Cyprus Now protest within the Buffer Zone. After the end of the exhibition the photos were sold and all the proceeds from the sale of the photos was donated to the UCN initiative which is a grass roots independent self-funded initiative of Cypriots from all communities promoting actions in support of peace and the reunification of the island through a negotiated settlement of the Cyprus problem.

The photography exhibition was held by five photographers who are invited by theArtUnited group who declaims that they acknowledge the mistakes of the past and feel the pain of the war and division that’s why they believe that all the Cypriots need to be together in one Cyprus.

They say that: “We are a group of Cypriot photographers united by Art.
We find friendship in each other, we can see our common causes. We acknowledge the mistakes of the past and we feel the pain of the war and division . We need to be together in one Cyprus.
The green line that has kept us apart all these years, is an open wound. Each one of us struck by this symbol of division and pain, has tried to approach it from a photographic point of view It is a part of our homeland.. yet inaccessible, dead, filled by memories and ghosts..
For the last month, the Nicosia buffer zone has come back to life. Both Greek and Turkish Cypriots have been gathering at the buffer zone and demanding PEACE and a reunited Cyprus. This gives us faith for each other, gives us hope for a united future.
We have joined our artistic forces and produced some photos of the buffer zone story.
We would like to exhibit them and share them in that very part of Nicosia the Buffer zone.
We want a solution that safeguards peace and safety.
We want to breath life to the dead zone.
We want to show to the world that we can be together.
THERE SHOULD BE NO OTHER SIDE.”

The photographers included in the exhibition is Bobbe Theoklitou, Tijen Erol, Niki Gavrielides, Mehmet Yakup and Ismail Gökçe