Arno Gisinger

Konstellation (2005 to 2009) is a series of 36 photographs by Arno Gisinger accompanied by excerpts from the correspondence of Walter Benjamin. The work created in collaboration with Benjamin’s biographer Nathalie Raoux. Exhibited in Paris (2005), Poitiers (2005), Pantin (2008), Mulhouse (2009), Lyon (2011) and Lorient (2011), it was the subject of a debate within the programme of talks at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris in 2010. Book-catalogue: Konstellation. Walter Benjamin in exil, TransPhotographic Press, Paris: Bucher-Verlag Hohenems , Vienna 2009.

Konstellation photographically follows up the sites of Walter Benjamin’s exile as they are today. From Berlin to Portbou, it presents current images of Benjamin’s homes and the places he stayed in, in Paris, Ibiza, Svendborg, San Remo, Nice, Monaco, Bologna, Chauconin, Colombes, Vernuche, Lourdes and Marseille. The series reconstructs Benjamin’s chronology in the Benjaminian manner, as a constellation of images and quotations. The quotations, superposed on the images, are from Benjamin’s correspondence at different points on his journey.

Arno Gisinger (born in Dornbirn, Austria, 1964 and based in Paris) has a dual background, having studied history and photography, which led him to investigate the relationships between memory, history and photographic representation. Since 1990 he has worked with the effects of World War II and the Holocaust in Europe. His photographs show places, objects and individuals, commemorations and various forms of absence. His is a photography that centres on memory and oblivion, and also on the politics of the images and artistic commitment.

Exhibition views Galerie Le Bleu du Ciel, Lyon, 2011

Exhibition views Galerie Le Bleu du Ciel, Lyon, 2011

Exhibition views Galerie Le Bleu du Ciel, Lyon, 2011

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