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Aglaia konrad
La Scala
Experimental film | 16mm | color | 12'24'' | Austria / Belgium | 2016
The subject of Aglaia Konrad’s 16mm films is modernist architecture but rather than a form of architecture on film, or film on architecture, her films investigate the potential for film to embody the experience of architecture as sculpture. The protagonist here is ‘La Scala’, a villa on Lake Garda, designed by Vittoriano Vigano for André Bloc in 1958. The ‘multiple projection’ (split-screen) of La Scala proposes a multiplicity of perspectives and, more significantly, a succession of combined images.
Aglaia Konrad (1960, Salzburg) criss-crosses urban spaces. Her photographs, films and installations zoom in on exceptional buildings and the transformation of cities. She focuses on the way architecture is visualised and exhibited. Aglaia Konrad lives in Brussels and teaches at LUCA School of Arts. She had presented her work in solo exhibitions in Siegen, Antwerp, Geneva, Graz, Cologne and New York, among other cities, as well as in international group shows such as Documenta X (1997), Cities on the Move (1998-1999) and Talking Cities (2006). Her work has been documented in several exhibitions catalogues and monographic publications such as ‘Elasticity’ (2002) and ‘Iconocity’ (2005). For her book ‘Desert Cities’ (2008) she received the Infinity award for the best photo book 2009 of the International Center for Photography, New York. The book ‘Carrara’ (2011) won the Fernand Baudin Prize 2011. In 2016 she published ‘From A to K’ (Buchhandlung Walther Konig).