The unpredictable, the uncontrollable, is what brought Yasmine Belhassen (*1988, Tunis), Walid Ben Ghezala (*1991, Tunis) and Souheila Ghorbel (*1992, Tunis) to analogue photography — it’s the imperfection with which they rebel against the easily optimised world of digital images.
Between the moment the shutter is released and the result is obtained, there’s a window of time that brings with it a deceleration, that gives you time to ‘catch your breath’ (souffle means “breath” in French). Discarded cameras and expired film material are used for experimentation. The ‘random’ images embrace the mishap and bear witness to a form that should be style-free, but at the same time suggests the style of spontaneous amateur photography. The discolouration of reality and the intentional imperfectionism sometimes have a destabilising and disconcerting effect.
Thematically, the photographic works are located somewhere between anger, rebellion and poetry, introspection as well as ideal fiction, reacting to the harsh reality they feel confronted with, which is often characterised by economic difficulties and a lack of perspective.
Souheila Ghorbel, who mainly photographs her circle of friends, presents exuberant undertakings of young adults who look cheerfully and amusingly into the camera. Yasmine Belhassen‘s sensitive eye captures poetic situations in the surrounding landscape on celluloid. Her experimental use of the technique, in addition to the unusual way she plays with colour, creates a harmonious fusion of different images. Walid Ben Ghezala’s intimate installation “Chambre(s) Noir(s)” presents photographic attempts to understand the body as a pivot to the world.
Curator residency: Patricia K.Triki 06/02 – 17/03/2022
Artist residencies: Yasmine Belhassen, Walid Ben Ghezala, Souheila Ghorbel 03/03 – 17/03/2022
A workshop programme with the artists, the Youth Centre Volkertplatz and the Hernalser Gymnasium Geblergasse will accompany the exhibition.