Marina Faust at Gianni Manhattan

Artist: Marina Faust

Exhibition title: Once on TV

Venue: Gianni Manhattan, Vienna, Austria

Date: May 18 – July 14, 2018

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Gianni Manhattan, Vienna

Gianni Manhattan is pleased to present Once on TV, Marina Faust’s first solo show with the gallery.

In an aphoristic essay called “The Face” Giorgio Agamben said that inasmuch “as it is nothing but pure communicability, every human face, even the most noble and beautiful, is already suspended on the edge of an abyss. This is precisely why the most delicate and graceful faces sometimes look as if they might suddenly decompose, thus letting the shapeless and bottomless background that threatens them emerge.”

Faust utilises the face as a starting point to enter questions about identity, the self, subjectivity, spirit, consciousness, agency, the other, personality, alienation, being, the subject, but instead of reading the narrative of culture written through faces, she uses means of abstractions and, more importantly, fragmented features as a locus of meaning.

The fragments are not necessarily bound to a mode of temporality, so they equally speak of the present as much as they speak of a future. The fragmentary appears as ruptured within itself and is thereby apart from propositions, rules, narratives and systems. The fragment is characterised by its inherent multiplicity therefore Faust’s portraits can be seen as psychological MRTs, flaying and unpeeling layers, splinters, bringing them to the surface to be seen simultaneously.

Faust’s latest series of works delineate from a classical understanding of photographic or painterly portraits. There is no focus on a wholesome face. Photography, by its use of depth of field, focuses on a detail or captures the whole, but in Faust’s portraits every facet is interrogated at the same time. These pan-chronic images use the fragmented markers of features and identities as a means towards slippage or a breaking free of context. Assembled from fragments, these portraits connect with a feeling of time that cannot be overcome and in turn are wild psychological landscapes.

Marina Faust, born 1950 in Vienna; lives and works in Vienna and Paris. Marina Faust’s practice originated in documentary photography before collaborating with Martin Margiela for almost 20 years. She also worked in interior photography and is an active contributor for the French art Magazine FROG. Selected recent and upcoming exhibitions include: Klassentreffen, Werke aus der Sammlung Gaby und Wilhelm Schürmann, MUMOK, Vienna; Margiela, les années Hermès, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (2018); It’s Only You, Le Consortium, Dijon, France; The Archive Box, Corso Como, Milan Laila, Tokyo / Artcurial, Vienna (2017); Franz WestARTISTCLUB, 21er Haus, Vienna; Le Mérite 2014-2016, Treize, Paris; The People’s Cinema, Salzburger Kunstverein, Austria (2016); New Ways of Doing Nothing, Kunsthalle Wien (2014); Reflecting Fashion, MUMOK, Vienna; Talk without Words (Christopher Wool), Marina Faust – Franz West, Franz West, Man with a Ball, Gagosian Gallery London (2012).

Marina Faust, Once on TV, installation view (2018), photo: Simon Veres, courtesy GIANNI MANHATTAN and the artist

Marina Faust, Chap to Dine With (2017), courtesy GIANNI MANHATTAN and the artist

Marina Faust, Once on TV, installation view (2018), photo: Simon Veres, courtesy GIANNI MANHATTAN and the artist

Marina Faust, Once on TV, installation view (2018), photo: Simon Veres, courtesy GIANNI MANHATTAN and the artist

Marina Faust, With the Mighty Purpose of Leading (2018), courtesy GIANNI MANHATTAN and the artist

Marina Faust, Once on TV, installation view (2018), photo: Simon Veres, courtesy GIANNI MANHATTAN and the artist

Marina Faust, Once on TV (2017), courtesy GIANNI MANHATTAN and the artis

Marina Faust, Once on TV, installation view (2018), photo: Simon Veres, courtesy GIANNI MANHATTAN and the artist

Marina Faust, Miss Lovely Poseur (2016), courtesy GIANNI MANHATTAN and the artist

Marina Faust, Once on TV, installation view (2018), photo: Simon Veres, courtesy GIANNI MANHATTAN and the artist

Marina Faust, Sharp & Incalculable (2017), courtesy GIANNI MANHATTAN and the artist

Marina Faust, Once on TV, installation view (2018), photo: Simon Veres, courtesy GIANNI MANHATTAN and the artist

Marina Faust, True Idol Substitute (2018), courtesy GIANNI MANHATTAN and the artist

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