BRIGITTE WALDACH - searching red – injections of reality, 2006
Exhibition: 27. 10 . - 29. 11. 2006
Opening on the 26th October 2006, 7 p.m.
Brigitte Waldach’s artistic world is completely immersed in red; her main points of reference as regards content are, above all, Stanley Kubrick and Samuel Beckett. In her multimedia project “searching red”, the artist spins a complex, surreal story, which seems to be set in mysterious, at times absurd parallel worlds.
Waldach’s recent photographic series “searching red – injections of reality” is a metamorphosis of growing up in several steps. Her staged photography is comparable to a film sketch, which is narrated in individual takes.
The sole protagonist (Fritzi Haberlandt) here acts on the stage of a labyrinthine sequence of rooms in an unused attic in the middle of Berlin. Wearing a red girls’ dress she has grown out of, the young woman experiences the traumatic memories of her childhood for the second time.
The few, abandoned red pieces of equipment become absurd dialogue partners. Confined to her world and her imagination, isolated in these inhospitable rooms, she does not find her own identity. Instead, she keeps reinventing herself: by acting through poses and postures, which inflationary presence in today’s media has made clichés. At the end of this sequence, in the last room, the woman takes off her dress. Finally, with ironic and critical distance, she can go through the rooms of her childhood again and reinterpret them.
With this group of works, Brigitte Waldach reinterprets the initial idea of her “searching red”-project with regard to model, medium and form. The colour red, usually so dominant in her works, is restricted to the equipment – as traces of a different world in the reality of the room structure.
Production / idea / direction / equipping: Brigitte Waldach
Model: Fritzi Haberlandt / Photographic realisation: Gerhard Kassner
The exhibition is part of “Europäischer Monat der Photographie”.