Songs of Experience presents a focus on the work of Friedl Kubelka vom Gröller for the POLYPHONY column. The research of the Austrian photographer and filmmaker bases itself on the psychological portrait as a method and pretext—often provocative—to explore intimacy with the self and others. For the occasion of this show, her practice is reflected and expanded through a juxtaposition with works by other artists of different backgrounds. Artworks by Talia Chetrit, Philipp Fleischmann, Seiichi Furuya, Sophie Thun will be added gradually to the photographic work of Kubelka over the course of the exhibition.
The show also includes a series of screenings of the 16mm films the artist made under her filmmaker pseudonym, vom Gröller, from the end of the 1960s to the 2000s. This overall conversation on the gaze, time and exploration of the human spirit will finally be joined by the voices of Friedl herself and of the artistic director of the Viennale, Eva Sangiorgi.
The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with:
Phileas – A Fund for Contemporary Art
Federal Ministry Republic of Austria – Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport
Coordinated by Sara Catenacci (curatorial), Lorena Stamo and Sara Cattaneo (production)
Exhibitions and Events Assistants: Giulia Caruso, Beatrice Schivo
Art handling: Carlo Giannone
Assistant art handler: Matteo Pompili
Graphic production: Gimax
Insurance broker: MAG
The exhibition has been produced in collaboration with Phileas – A Fund for Contemporary Art, and with the support of Federal Ministry Republic of Austria – Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport.
Heartfelt thanks to sixpackfilm, Vienna.