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Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel: On the Margins

18.3.2022, 18:00

Artists talk
9.4.2022, 1 pm


Opening hours
Di – So und an Feiertagen
10:00 – 18:00

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Curated by
Reinhard Braun

Co-produced by
Diagonale–Festival of Austrian Film

The films by Vienna’s director duo Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel count among the most fascinating and sensuous works of recent Austrian film history. They are shown at international film festivals and have received numerous awards. At once social realistic and poetic, the films are compelling not least due to their tender treatment of and affection for their protagonists, sometimes played by amateurs. Less well known is the photographic oeuvre of Covi and Frimmel. While these photographs may be considered a preliminary study for the duo’s films, they must also be seen as independent perspectives and artistic concepts—though analogue film and photo materials represent a parallel use.

In images that are at once concise and gentle, Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel’s photographs make photography the scene of a special cooperation between the artists and their protagonists. Through their method, the filmmakers do not only allow us to enter into an entirely different relationship to what we are used to understand as the fringes of society, but also to rethink the ideas about our society from the perspective of these fringes.

The Diagonale has dedicated the extensive film program ”Spotlight on” to Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, which will be presented from April 6 to 10, 2022, and Camera Austria presents a first comprehensive exhibition of their photographic work. This joint endeavor is the first sweeping presentation of Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel’s oeuvre.

Tizza Covi, born in Bolzano (IT) in 1971, and Rainer Frimmel, born in Vienna (AT) in 1971, both attended the Kolleg für Fotografie at the Graphische Lehranstalt in Vienna from 1992 to 1994. They have been collaborating since 1996 on projects in the fields of photography, theater, and film. They established the production company Vento Film in 2002 in order to produce their films independently. Their documentary and feature films, which are always cast with amateur actors and shot on 16mm film, have been awarded prizes at many international festivals.

Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, Untitled, from the series:
Village Fair in Yasnaya Polyana, 1998