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Günther Selichar

9. 12. 2022, 6 pm

10. 12. 2022–19. 2. 2023

Opening hours
Tue – Sun and bank holidays
10 am – 6 pm

Guided tours
German, English
Free, on request:
+43 316 81555016

Curated by
Reinhard Braun

Since the early 1980s, Günther Selichar has been distinctly consistent in facing the production of images flooding us in the media and the related consequences for constantly changing media democracies. The focus of his photographic work is placed mainly on the material components of image production and the technology they are founded on.

The Nocturnal Office for Real(i)ties by Günther Selichar creates a space in which questions can be posed concerning the origins of photographic images and what lies “behind” them: the production processes, technology, distribution channels, and “SUB | TEXTE” that have decisively influenced and determined the conditions under which they were made. Created between 1981 and 1983, the Nocturnal Office for Real(i)ties takes us back to the starting point, as it were, of the critical processing of apparatus-based images and offers a means to identify the discontinuities in discourse and the differences between then and now, while at the same time marking a continuity of criticism and the political. Juxtaposed with the Nocturnal Office for Real(i)ties are works from the series No Media Beyond This Point from the years 2019–22, which depict something that cannot actually be depicted, let alone seen. On which side of the mediatic demarcation are these representations actually situated? Perhaps Selichar’s images signify a way of describing this very boundary?

Accompanying the exhibition will be a publication featuring parts of the artist book Nächtliches Realitätenbüro from 1984 and a conversation between Günther Selichar and the curator Reinhard Braun.

Parallel to the exhibition in Graz, the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg will be showing a comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s work titled Dominion of the Screens from November 26, 2022, to March 12, 2023.

Günther Selichar, from: Nocturnal Office for Real(i)ties,