PHOTO LIVE with Hanna Putz and Andrzej Steinbach
On Thursday 17 September at 6pm (AEST) Hanna Putz (Austria) and Andrzej Steinbach (Poland) were in conversation with No True Self curator David A. Kerr about the blurring of private and public realms and the agency of the individual within a post-digital society. No True Self will be opening soon at the Centre for Contemporary Photography as part of PHOTO 2021’s expanded program, addressing important and universal questions of gender, sexuality, agency and cultural identity in the extreme present.
An autodidact, Hanna Putz is interested in conveying moments that defy our culture of ubiquitous self-awareness. Documenting everyday moments from the tender to the absurd, Putz provokes the notion of authenticity and of self-presentation, and what she calls ‘ the high demands of self-representation’ today. Putz’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at Kunsthalle Vienna, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, FOAM Museum, The Photographers Gallery, Autocenter Berlin, and at the 6th Moscow Biennale. Her work has been featured extensively in magazines such as DUST Magazine, TAR Magazine, New York Magazine, as well as recently featured in the British Journal of Photography. Her latest publication, aptly titled ‘Everything else is a lie’ (2019) is out now from PAMPAM Publishing.
Andrzej Steinbach is interested in the signifiers of photographic portrayal and how our assumptions turn individuals into signifiers – and into characters. At times political and containing various subtexts to revolt, his photographs cast a critical gaze squarely at the ubiquitous and unambiguous norms perpetuated by governments and algorithms. Challenging our assumptions of identity using superficial factors and pluralities of gesture, body language, clothing, race, and by subverting the conventions of photographic portraiture to which we are accustomed, he renders the familiar, unfamiliar. In 2018 Steinbach received the German Federal Prize for Art Students and has exhibited throughout Europe and North America, including group exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York and the Centre de la Photographie in Geneva, Switzerland. Steinbach is represented by Galerie Conradi, Hamburg.