Cora Pongracz (1943 – 2003)
Arnulf Rainer, Leibnitz, Retzhof, 1969
From the edition »Austrian Avant-Garde of the 1970s«
Limited edition of 5
Unmounted print 650 €
Mounted in mat 710 €
Cora Pongracz met Arnulf Rainer when he had just begun to further develop his examination of physiognomy and performative self-dramatization into an independent photographic work complex. Rainer's photo booth works from 1968/69 were not taken as self-portraits, but should rather capture the expressive qualities of grimaces. He took the same poses of mimic distortion for Pongracz's photographs.
Hence, the fact that Arnulf Rainer no longer transfers the recording to a machine, but to the photographer, represents an important step to the next stage in his photographic work, the performative »Fotoséances«. This collaboration is also significant for Pongracz's own creative process, insofar she was particularly interested in interactions and role shifts between author and model or between the self and the pose in the photographic setting.
Gelatin silver print, print date: 2015
Image dimensions 30 x 45 cm (30 x 45 inch)
Mounting, Framing Archival mat board 50 x 65 cm, aluminium frame (optional)
Double weight baryta paper, semi-matte surface
Edition number and estate stamp »Nachlass Cora Pongracz © OstLicht« on the reverse
M. Röbl, P. Coeln (ed.), Cora Pongracz. Das fotografische Werk, Vienna 2016, p. 84.
PORTRAIT / Photos / Performativität /