March 2020. I was in the Republic of the Congo, working on a photography project when a friend called to say 

be aware you might need to leave soon otherwise there probably won’t be any flights from and to Europe anymore. I thought he was joking and hung up. COVID was far away at that time, only a few known cases in the Subsaharan region. But a few later I did rebook my flight and at the end of the month already back home I sadly had to notice that he was right.

Suddenly back home I found myself in my atelier in the Austrian countryside. As COVID was omnipresent anyway 

I did not want to deal with it neither in a photographic nor artistic way. So I kept working on the photographic film material I shot in the Republic of the Congo. 

But time passed and weeks later I started to reorganize my atelier. During that I rediscovered the book of one of my favorite artists, Oscar Schlemmer. Inspired by his characters of the „Triadischen Ballett“ I started to cut paper and made negative patterns for the photograms which I exposed in the darkroom. 

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With or without you Verena Prenner
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