03.11.08: Camera Austria: Elke Krystufek – Responsible for a certain amount of luck

Camera Austria: Elke Krystufek – Responsible for a certain amount of luck Heading towards luck Elke Krystufek is one of the few artists who directly deals with the motto of this year’s Steirischer Herbst “strategies to avoid misfortune” with her exhibit: “Responsible for a certain amount of luck”. The performative character of Krystufek’s photo collages, which are often perceived as an instruction to take action (and a strategy to avoid misfortune), is carried through the entire Camera Austria exhibit. The movable walls were set up like a maze or randomly positioned in the halls of Camera Austria, their structure becoming visible as a kind of backstage membrane. The names of those artists, whose work was exhibited in the past, such as Manfred Willmann, Seiichi Furuya or Swetlana Heger , are written on these walls with adhesive letters, which are, however, partly misspelled. Krystufek’s artistic oeuvre can be seen throughout the entire exhibit in the form of photographs mounted on the walls, confronted with the word “God” in different languages. “Responsible for a certain amount of luck” can be perceived as a photographic documentation of Krystufek’s work over the past years. By listing (on the walls) the number of those works, which had either been lost, never delivered, or damaged by her former Vienna-based gallery, Krystufek vents her dissatisfaction. Her latest book titled “No”, published on the occasion of this exhibit, also refers to this situation. It contains texts, which introduce the reader to the artist’s universe. The movie “A Film Called Wood”, which is shown for the first time in Austria, also underlines the meaning of this universe. It intensifies Krystufek’s gender political approach by repeatedly referring to authors such as Virginia Woolf and Elfriede Jelinek. This is definitely one of the most exciting presentations within this year’s programme of the Steirische Herbst and a foretaste of the upcoming Venice Biennale. Camera Austria 8020 Graz, Kunsthaus Graz, Lendkai 1, until 11.01.09 www.camera-austria.at

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