Looking for the Clouds: Contemporary Photography in Times of Conflict

This catalogue was published in 2016 and deals with photography after the 9/11 events. Artists in this publication deal with the surveillance scandals (NSA), the identity crisis in Europe and the rise of nationalism, modern warfare in relation to the Middle-East and above all the refugee crisis.

“Looking for the Clouds” is hinting at the great expectations refugees and immigrants  might have when reaching for the shores of Europe after the 9/11 aggression developed in a full war in the Middle-East with a lot of consequences worsening the then also existing financial crisis and economic turmoil in some European countries. The refugee crisis brought many countries to the brink of explosion as an after-effect of the wars in the Middle-East.

War on terror also meant more surveillance and control on ordinary citizens. Il also meant new war-strategies of which drones are just an aspect. And watching the clouds can therefore also be an expression of fear.

Artists: Leila Alaoui, Isabelle Arvers, Andrej Ban, Dario Belic, David Birkin, James Bridle, Tanja Boukal, Paolo Cirio, Raphael Dallaporta, Richard Drew, Omer Fast, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Balazs Deim, Mykola Ridnyi, Patrick Galbats, Rainer Ganahl, Gelitin, Aldo Giannotti, Marco Godinho, Samuel Gratacap, Ibro Hasanovic, Sven Johne, Anna Jermolaewa, Jure Kastelic, Gabor Kerekes, Flo Kasearu, Martin Kollar, Carine & Elisabeth Krecké, Aude Moreau, Dimitris Michalakis, Juraj Mravec, Giorgios Moutafis, Boris Nemeth, Tami Notsani, Laurent Mareschal, Daniel Mayrit, Florian Rainer, Swen Renault, Julian Röder, Wolfgang Reichmann, Aida Silvestri, Panos Tsagaris, Jules Spinatsch, Jens Ulrich, Matic Zorman.

Texts by Paul Ardenne, Pierre Stiwer, Miha Colner