Book Launch: Judith Stehlik – FEEL THE BODY

17 November in Vienna

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Judith Stehlik: Cover FEEL THE BODY, FOTOHOF edition 2022

FOTOHOF edition New Release // Invitation to the Book Launch:

Judith Stehlik
The Historical Pose − A Look at Contemporary Female Artists

FOTOHOF edition 2022, Volume 342

Book Launch and Super-8 Film Screening in Vienna:

Thursday, 17 November 2022, 7 pm
Welcome Address: Mirjam Angerer-Geier (Bildrecht)
Introduction: Michael Mauracher (FOTOHOF)

Bildraum 07 / Burggasse 7-9 / 1070 Vienna / Austria
In her first monograph "FEEL THE BODY", Viennese photo artist Judith Stehlik portrays 50 female artists from Austria and from a wide range of disciplines and across all generations, providing a representative insight into the current art scene.

Since 2013, in her multi-year photo and film project, she has invited these female artists to engage with images of historical figures. First, a specific pose was selected. The working process began with the creation of instant analog images in order to precisely recreate the pose together. The new gesture developed in this way finds its realization in the timelessly classic BW studio portrait. Judith Stehlik's work is concluded with a three-minute Super 8 BW film, also a portrait, whereby the artist, without any influence or model, is left entirely to her own devices.

The psychological portrait of a person according to external features such as posture and gaze has been one of the great questions ever since the invention of photography, also for Judith Stehlik:
What constitutes a female portrait or a historical pose?
What kind of representation of women does it create?
How does the past characterize itself in photographic representation?

As the title of the book makes clear, the models' portraits are about exploring their feelings in a heightened awareness of their own bodies. By creating the possibility of appropriating historical poses for their own examination of the self, the models can thus openly entrust themselves to the act of becoming photographic images in the protective cloak of their chosen models. This opens up spaces for self-dramatization in which the individual expressiveness of each character can unfold.

Judith Stehlik, born in Vienna; works as a photographer and cinematographer. Her focus lies in the approximation of the representation of the non-visible and the atmospheric. Her artistic work is based on analog photography and film.

Judith Stehlik
German / English
Design: Lisa Penz
2022, Soft cover
30 × 23 cm, 184 pages
63 BW and 98 color plates
Edition: 500
ISBN: 978-3-903334-42-7
€ 39

Portraits of 50 female artists:
Anna Artaker, Iris Andraschek, Miriam Baitala, Alexandra Berlinger, Claudia Bosse, Denice Bourbon, Eva Chytilek, Stephanie Cumming, Katrina Daschner, Svenja Deininger, Carola Dertnig, Sissi Farassat, Anita Frech, Sofia Goscinski, Käthe Hager von Strobele, Xenia Hausner, Caroline Heider, Ana Hoffner, Florentina Holzinger, Zenita Komad, Brigitte Kowanz, Friedl Kubelka, Annja Krautgasser, Tina Lechner, Roberta Lima, Franziska Maderthaner, Anja Manfredi, Dorit Margreiter, Sissa Micheli, Mari Otberg, Agnes Prammer, Teresa Präauer, Hanna Putz, Patricia Reinhart, Gabriele Rothemann, Linda Samaraweerová, Elisabeth Samsonow, Eva Schlegel, Raja Schwahn Reichmann, Elfie Semotan, Deborah Sengl, Liddy Scheffknecht, Ekatharina Shapiro Obermair, Esther Stocker, Jutta Strohmeier, Marianne Vlaschits, Nives Widauer, Anita Witek, Anna Witt, Barbara Zeman

8 literary texts by
Iris Blauensteiner, Verena Dürr, Marjana Gaponenko, Lydia Haider, Anja Manfredi, Ines Rössl, Clemens J. Setz, Barbara Zeman & einem Vorwort von Maren Lübbke-Tidow




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