When more than one year ago the photo artist and cultural manager Patricia K.Triki approached philomena+ with a project proposal on the neoanalogue photo movement within the young generation of photographers in Tunisia, philomena+ caught fire. They decided to do a group show with 3 young photographers.
From the beginning on, it was clear for them to offer more than the participation of their work in an exhibition. They wanted them to travel, to be present at site and to interact with the Austrian community.We were lucky to receive the grant and were able to invite all the participants to Vienna. So the programme was conceived according to their presence. The first few months Patricia K.Triki and I (Christine Bruckbauer, philomena+) worked together virtually through email and with skype meetings.
The agreed concept was to present “the easiness of applying analogue photography by using old and expired film material and accepting imperfection within the young generation. They did the selection of the photos and the exhibition design together, as well as the educational programme, like additional community events (workshops and artist talks). Patricia K.Triki was responsible for the communication with the artists.
Patricia K.Triki came to Vienna and together with the philomena+ team, worked on the production (printing the photos) of SOUFFLE – Analogue Breathing. Patricia K.Triki brought the negatives from the artists with her and we tried out different kinds of prints and papers at a professional photo laboratory.
Below is a short Q&A feedback on i-Portunus Houses from the host:
What were the most significant moments of this project for you?
First of all the intense time I have spent with Patricia K.Triki preparing the project and then working side by side with her for its realization. However, the highlight and the happiest moments where the opening night of the exhibition and the arrival of the artists in Vienna. Welcoming Walid Ben Ghezala on the airport in Vienna after all the hassle we were faced with issuing a passport, applying for the visa and going conform with all the Corona restrictions etc., I really felt that moment an amazing joy and satisfaction.
What has that mobility done to you?
It was for the first time that philomena+ invited 4 guest artists at the same time and I felt that I have reached my limits. To take care of 4 artists, where 2 of them have never been abroad or in an European environment, needs more capacities and I should have hired someone to help. It was also for the first time that we worked with teenagers in collaboration with a high school and youth center. And I saw that there is much to approve on the point of preparation and conceiving an educational programme.
What impact have you seen?
Already during their stay I saw an impact on them, was it first of all in orally reflecting on their own work or seeing things from a different perspective. For philomena+: I think we decided to go back to our old model to invite one WANA artist and connect him or her with an Viennese artist for artistic exchange and collaboration.
“The most significant moment for me was the arrival of the artists in Vienna. I felt a real joy when the artists arrived in Vienna despite problems (to get a visa, one artist didn’t have a vaccination pass, flight cancellation etc…).”