texts, interviews

video interview at artist residency Atelier Josepha 10/22 (video: Antonio Castles Gómez)

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text by Jonas Georg Christensen
for the book ‘office figures’, self-published in 2022

– thoughts on Bärbel Praun’s work

That a corner, or any other kind of angle, can be used to create a sensation of space, is immediately apparent. The difference – which a corner creates between one surface and another – is needed. It doesn’t just come in handy. The bottom edge of a wall with the panel reaching down to the floor can also be useful. Anything will do actually. Appropriated by the artist, small holes or even cracks in the wall create an X. A trait from which meaning can spring. The questions for a viewer then become: What is the take-away here? What can be drawn from this? Is something being said? How can this praxis be framed and what might I then end up saying about it, framing it? While it simultaneously says something (back) about me and my ways of seeing… and for this viewer’s part: Ways of giving a written response. What will happen once I interact with it? This -ness of -ish: These X’s which seem to be resistant to attempts at description coming from outside of the praxis itself. As if the praxis gives its description in itself, through the ways in which (its) formal investigations are carried out.


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interview: 6 Questions by Tique Art

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text by Paola Paleari
for the book ‘this must be the place’, selfpublished in 2015

(...) Her photographic practice is similar to a walk in the mountains, where she actually loves to be: an action where the breath sets the pace and the senses become more alert and alive. I imagine her while she wanders alone, watching and listening what she encounters along the path without thinking about anything else; and I guess she shoots in the same way, without expressing any judgement, without haste, but simply trusting the precision of the internal alignment between body and mind that we all possess by nature, but that asks to be activated and trained to lead to a full state of consciousness. (...)

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interview: I DO ART.DK
'I have decided to fall silent’ is a personal statement that describes my inner struggles, shows my protest. It’s about the choices we make and the situation we are in, voluntarily or not. When writing the sentence, I stopped long before completing the sheet of paper - it felt wrong to continue. Language is an important tool for communication, orally and in writing. Within language one can apply pressure, control and power. To refuse or deny speaking out loud can imply protest, a shock or trauma. It can become a way of healing and meditation. Consciously falling silent can both mean to have lost control and to keep control.