Austrian photography student exhibit Friday and Saturday

May 9, 2014 

Students of the Faculty of Fine Arts /Photography from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria have traveled to Wawona to realize photographic art projects inspired by a two­week visit to Yosemite National Park.

The photographic expedition of the 19 students culminates this Friday (May 9) and Saturday (May 10) with an exhibit, opening at 6 p.m. Friday at The Redwoods in Yosemite, Wawona.

“The art shown will be a contemporary European perspective dealing with the long tradition of landscape photography and the influence of Ansel Adams,” explained Professor of Photography at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, Gabriele Rothemann. “Aware of this tradition and the following reaction of the New Topographics Movement in the 1970s, the students will create new individual works with different media based on photography.”

Joining Gabriele Rothemann from the University of Applied Arts Vienna are her colleagues, Judith Pichlmüller, Michael Hassmann and Jorit Aust.

The group shipped all of their own photographic equipment to produce the exhibition, both digital and analogue, including a large format Sinar 8x10 view camera, darkroom supplies, as well as video and sound equipment to realize their ideas and projects.

University students Noah Kolb, Philipp Pesserl and Malin Walleser in reflecting on the power and magic of Yosemite: “The landscape in its overwhelming hugeness developed in microscopic spectrums brings people with their desires and questions to find untouched pure nature in scenarios that stick to their hearts. We have come here motivated to fulfill some of our dreams, to test their limits, and to feel the inspiration of these magical places.”

The exhibition opens this Friday, May 9 at 6 p.m. and runs 23 hours through Saturday, May 10 at 5 p.m. at Cabin #99 in The Redwoods in Yosemite.

Students participating in the exhibition include: Enar De Dios Rodriguez, Gregory Desnieux, Maria­Magdalena Ianchis, Noah Kolb, Mira Klug, Christian Kurz, Leonard Mandl, Olena Newkryta, Philipp Pesserl, Johannes Raimann, Marie Reichel, Antonia Rippel­Stefanska, Anna Sophia Russmann, Hessam Samavatian, Mahir Siddgi, Rudolf Strobl, Nana Thurner, Julia Varkonyi, and Malin Walleser.

To follow the student adventures, visit their blog: http://cabin99.tumblr.com

For questions or any additional information, contact Gabriele Rothemann: gabriele.rothemann@uni­ak.ac.at

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