Renate Graf: Journal 1992-2012

The Photographer Chronicles Two Decades of Travel, From Southern India to Anselm Kiefer’s Secluded Studio

Far-flung locations including Hampi, India, Lake Baikal, Siberia and Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides inspire these intimate and evocative black-and-white images by Renate Graf. A visual diary of her thoughts, travels and creative life shared with her husband, the famed German painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer, these and other photographic works are gathered in a new hand-bound collection, Journal 1992-2012. Due out this week from Paris’ Les Éditions du Regard, the publication will be followed up with an exhibition at Galleria Lorcan O’Neill next year. Graf's enchanting visual documents are at times scribbled with simple explanations of the locations portrayed, at others peppered with atmospheric references to conceptual and artistic influences including filmmakers Andrei Tarkovsky and Chris Marker. “The text is not an explanation nor is the image an illustration,” the Austrian-born Graf explains of these motifs. “The images are thoughts more than photographs.” Previously Art Director at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna, her life behind the lens began 20 years ago, when a collector friend gave her the simple automatic Canon that she still uses today. In her travels, Graf seeks to capture “the fugitive and the ephemeral in that fragile moment that has become already a memory.” Meanwhile, closer to her home in Paris, she has also turned her camera towards her husband's studio in Southern France, where Kiefer has transformed an old silk factory into a Gesamtkunstwerk, with tunnels and constructions that inhabit the landscape as though they have always been there, she says, "like remnants of another culture.”

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  • JMZ
    The artist makes travel itself art. If only we all could approach the "other" with Ms Graf's eye, delivering the experience to every sense of the body and soul. Her fearlessness in the face of the fragile and the ephemeral has always been truly remarkable.
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    • February 17, 2013 at 10:28AM
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