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PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE GARNATZ COLLECTION AND DIE PHOTOGRAPHISCHE SAMMLUNG/SK STIFTUNG KULTUR IN DIALOGUE
Rebecca Unz – Head Studies
Winner of the August-Sander-Award 2020
Now in its second year, the August Sander Prize goes in 2020 to the young Austrian artist Rebecca Unz (b. 2000) for her portrait series "Sensibelchen" (Sensitive Ones), 2018–2019. The color photographs show the faces of young women and men from the Hip Hop and Rap scenes. These are head studies, modulated by special lighting that assigns each portrait its own place in the series. The sequence thus develops frame by frame on a scale from warm to cold tones, intensifying the range of variations in the moments captured by Rebecca Unz.
For Rebecca Unz, the genre of portraiture offers a multitude of possibilities for engaging artistically with each subject as a complex individual. The person in question may serve here as a projection surface for different facets of formal design approaches. Unz makes use not only of photography but also drawing – traditionally in pencil or digitally – as tools whose representational potential she handles with confidence and skill. Whether creating a naturalistic image or one that flirts with abstraction, she deliberately blurs the boundaries of recognizability of both medium and object, and thus challenges the viewer to look more closely.
Rebecca Unz attended the course in Photography & Multimedia Art at the HTBLVA Ortweinschule in Graz. The current cabinet exhibition “Head Studies” features exemplary works from her final thesis, “Wer ist Eloquent” (Who is Eloquent?). Her series Sensibelchen, who is on view along with selected related photographs and drawings.
The August Sander Prize was awarded for the first time in 2018 by the Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur, sponsored by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach. The prize is linked to the idea of ??featuring young contemporary artistic approaches in response to factual, conceptual photography, with a special focus on the human portrait.
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