Book presentation and exhibition.
Opening / Long Friday: June 11, 2021 from 12-8 pm
Exhibition goes until September 10, 2021
at the AnzenbergerGallery
Absberggasse 27, 1100 Vienna
Opening hours: Wed - Fri 12 to 6 pm or by appointment
'What Regina Anzenberger shares with us in her works – gently and hauntingly, as though she were warming us up for something that would otherwise leave us cold – challenges us, indeed, it brings us along. In this case, it’s not enough to merely observe. You have to tap into the pictures, linger within them, participate, empathize – hardly a passive undertaking. The delicacy assaults, provokes – it sharpens the habitual gaze. Are you willing to trust it? One sees, if possible, the cursed, blinding light, like the main character in Ingeborg Bachmann's story of the “happy eyes”: Miranda avoids her glasses for fear of witnessing hell – or for fear of tainting her image of her lover’s appearance. In order not to recognize him in all his coarseness and flaws, she prefers to picture him for herself.
But the artist positions herself, dusts off the concrete, at one point zooming out, at another zooming in. Her love of the world is not fed by idealization. It is guided by a longing to witness, to disassemble, to reassemble, in defiance of all melancholy, the constant coming and going in the moment – in visual poems far removed from the usual images that we ourselves create out of habit or prejudice. The world she shows us exists in the open air, in the wild, peripheral, deserted, sometimes inhospitable, barren, at first glance ugly, like that patch of wasteland, an overgrown, abandoned urban lot – the Gstettn, as it is called in Viennese dialect.' Anna Baar