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WE - THE REST OF US. Looking for the "ideal" community
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WE - THE REST OF US
is a project about perception and formation of communities within our society.
The project is based on a text from the Lettre International 02/2012:
„I LIKE IT BEST WHEN EVERYONE
IS ALLOCATED TO THE RIGHT PLACE,
THE MAD PEOPLE IN THE MAD HOUSE,
THE MURDERERS IN THE JAIL,
AND WE – THE REST OF US AT HOME,
SO THAT WE CAN GAZE AT IT ALL
FROM OUR ARMCHAIRS
OVER A CUP OF COFFEE.
Inspired by Beltempo’s text, I initiated several visits to housing
communities, searching for the relationship between social
connectivity and rooms for inhabitation. The US that defines
communities, is a kind of social sculpture which one belongs to,
but which at the same time looks out towards the OTHER.
We always live both instances: the subject as well as the object.
We are at once US and the OTHERS.
I photograph people who – through spatial circumstance –
are externally perceived as a group. Here I meet different
communities of similar fate, self-organised and temporary com-munities. At every
specific location I always, ask the residents
to open their front doors and to position themselves in their
front rooms. WE – THE REST OF US is a project about percepti-on and formation of
communities within our society, about the
development of a WE sentiment, about social cohesion as well
as exclusion, loneliness, spatial closeness, isolation, visibility
and representation. I examine the relationship between the
inside view on different communities, their spatial condition
and solidarity. Both the reflection on what you see and the act
of looking as a process shaped by culture plays an important
role here. The following questions emerge: At what point does one
develop a sense of community based on spatial proximity?
Does this sense of belonging become heightened by an
external threat? What are the elements required for a
community to establish a sense of „us“?
This photographic series is conceived as perpetually expanding
and contains images taken in different communities, as well
as personal interviews with the subjects, and texts written by
journalists, ethnologists, sociologists, philosophers and artists.
Throughout this project, I cooperate with various people and
charitable organizations, such as the Caritas Wien, doctors and
Kati Bruder was born 1978 in Graz/ Austria.
She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (diploma 2015 passed with distinction) and learnt silver photography by Peter Kodera. She has been a photographer since 2004 with the main focus on body- and portrait photography. Kati Bruder lives in Vienna and works internationally.
In 2017 she received a scholarship for photography (Staatsstipendium für künstlerische Fotografie).
Her first book „WE – THE REST OF US. On the hunt for the “ideal” community.“ was published in 2016 and is currently being presented at the Photobook-Show/Athens Photo Festival at the Benaki Museum in Athens.
In June/ July 2017 she received an Artist in Residency in London.
2017/01 6th place, photo contest Höpfner Stiftung, Karlsruhe, D
2016/12 1st place, Off-Festival, Fotoexhibition: „Now“, A
2015/12 Photographers‘ Prize awarded by the city of Graz, A
2015/07 Audience Award, Wiesbadener Fototage, D
2015/04 Recognition Award, architekturBILD 2015, DAM Frankfurt/M, Germany
2014/11 2nd place, Architectural Photography Competition
„Building for a better world“, Architecture Center AZW, Vienna, A
2014/11 2nd place, Kurier Photography Competition, A
2014/07 10th place, an international photo contest Wort im Bild, Carinthia, A
2019/03 Arm und Reich. Marianum, Graz, A
2018/10 URBANIZE! 2018, Nordbahnhalle, Solo Show, Vienna, A
2018/09 photo graz 018. Biennale der steirischen Fotokunst. Kulturzentrum bei
den Minoriten, Graz, A
2018/97 The Cologne Art Book Fair 2018, „Hauruck“ Artist-Presentation“, Kölnischer
Kunstverein, Köln, D
2018/07 Family of No Men, Arles Cosmos, Arles, FR
2018/06 The London Open, Whitechapel Gallery - digital display, London, UK
2018/06 Menschenbilder, Festival La Gacilly Baden, A
2018/05 Clervaux - cité de l‘image, Solo Show, Luxembourg, LUX
2018/04 Off Limits, Literary Museum of Odesa, UKR
2018/01 Photo18, StageOne, Zürich, CH
/11 European Month of Photography, Gallery under Theater, Bratislava,SL
/10 Der Mittelmeerrouter, Das T/abor, Vienna, A
/10 photo::vienna, MAK Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, A
/07 becomebecome, Arebit Gallery, London, UK
/06 Hauruck Artists‘ presentation MYaE-Hub: Going International NXT,
Gallery Schönbrunnerstr. 6, Vienna
/06 Athens Photo Festival, Photobook Show, Benaki Museum, Athens, GR
/05 Buchstabenfest, Zollamt, Bad Radkersburg, A
/04 Longford Digital Arts, Gifts of Artemis Gallery, Dublin, IRL
/03 DISTRICTA#23, Creau, Vienna, A
/03 Frau-Mann-Transgender fotografiert: Feminismus, MUWA Museum of
Perception, Graz, A
/03 Punctum, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, HUN
/03 Bauen und Wohnen, BM15 - District Museum Rudolfsheim, solo exhibition,
/01 Menschen. Bei uns. Neben uns. Mit uns., Höpfnerstiftung, Karlsruhe, D
/01 The man on the border/ Der Mensch an der Grenze, Alkatraz Galerija,
Ochs und Esel, CREAU, Stall 1, Vienna, A
Linzerschnitte, Grätzlwohnzimmer, Linzer Straße 103, 1140 Vienna, A
WIR ANDEREN, eyes on photo-festival, solo exhibition, Gallery GB*,
NOW-Fotografie der Gegenwart, off-festival, FotoQuartier Wien, A
Ausstellung der FörderpreisträgerInnen, Gotische Halle im Reinerhof,
Longford Digital Arts, Atrium Gallery, Longford, IRL
Nachbarschaft, ArchitekturBILD, Alte Kongresshalle, Nürnberg, D
Lange Nacht der Museen, BM15 - District Museum 15, Vienna, A
Renaissancephotography Prize, Getty Images Gallery, London, UK
Sichtfeld. Das Eigene und das Fremde, Künstlerhaus Klagenfurt, A
Der Mensch an der Grenze - Wien/Ljubljana, Flat 1, A
Architectures of Identities, Palazzo Ca‘ Zanardi, Venice, ITA
Kati Bruder has been exhibiting since 2003