Within the broad spectrum of objects that can be found in archives, photographs play a particular role. Usually they’re valued for their documentary character and their “truth value”. Photographs, however, are not just part of the inventory in various collections, rather they function themselves as an archive by encapsulating the different methods for dealing with technical conditions, spaces, bodies and methods for composing.
Inspired by the strategies in historical photographs from South Africa, in The West, fictional worlds are developed and the means of construction of visual landscapes are questioned. These have shaped the social-economic relations between Africa and Europe up to the present day. How have these images inscribed themselves into our collective understanding and how has their power to impact been preserved in the narrative of the “other” today?
In The West, the compositional strategies in the photographic portraits of Alfred Duggan-Cronal serve as a performative jumping off point. They are contrasted with the works of Martin Parr, who takes an intimate, satirical and anthropological view of aspects of modern life. He documents the social class system in England and the increasing consumerism of the Western world. The West sketches out an anthropological, performative study of Western civilisation.
A coproduction with Constanza Macras | DorkyPark.
With: Candaş Bas, Adaya Berkovich, Alexandra Bódi, Emil Bordás, Kostia Chaix, Fernanda Farah, Thulani Lord Mgidi, Daisy Phillips, Miki Shoji, Bastian Trost
Musicians: Almut Lustig, Katrin Schüler-Springorum
Director and choreographer: Constanza Macras
Stage design: Alissa Kolbusch
Costumes: Roman Handt
Lighting design: Sergio de Carvalho Pessanha
Dramaturgy: Carmen Mehnert