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‘s contribution to the exhibition presents her circle of friends, 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) Noire(s)” presents photographic attempts to understand the body as a pivot to the world.
The text “Decontractions of the Gaze” by Adnen Jdey (researcher at Tunis University) accompanies the exhibition.
Read an excerpt: Adnen_Jdey_Decontractions_of_the_gaze
Curator residency: Patricia K.Triki 06/02 – 06/03/2022
Artist residencies: Walid Ben Ghezala 03/03 – 17/03/2022, Yasmine Belhassen and Souheila Ghorbel 04/03 – 22/03/2022
Photo workshops with the artists, the Youth Centre Alte Trafik Volkertplatz and the Hernalser Gymnasium Geblergasse accompany the exhibition project.