TROPHIES OF TIME
( 3rd part - work in progress )
Republic of the Congo 2019 - 2021
“Trophies of Time” addresses photography as a trophy and draws parallels to hunting trophies.
In 2018, I got a rusty old cigar box from her former neighbor with two hundred original contact prints of the Austrian adventurer Rudolf Grauer and his colonial hunting missions in the Congo, taken from 1904 to 1906.
In his three expeditions organized as zoological collecting trips for European Museums between 1904 - 1911 to East and Central Africa, Grauer collected 14,000 birds, more than 1,000 mammals, around 50,000 insects, and more than 4,000 amphibians and reptiles.
A little later I received an invitation to work on a photo book project in the Republic of the Congo. The question that arose again and again during my stay in Central Africa was that of the difference between a trophy hunter and a photographer. The photo that the man takes onsite serves back home as proof that he has been there, be it in the Congo or on the holiday beach in Lignano.
The current exhibition location, a hunting lodge, where not only photographs but also hunting trophies are shown, was not only chosen due to the current Corona situation, it also has a symbolic character: Already the ancient Greeks had exposed symbols of victory on the battlefield after defeating the enemy.