BPM 2019: Verena Andrea Prenner – Congo Blue

March 30 at 5PM
Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade
Bulevar Vojvode Mišića 15, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia

The exhibition will open on 30/3/2019 17h and will finish on 2/5/2019 19h

Verena Andrea Prenner accidentally met again her former neighbour who told her he has pictures that might interest her. Original photographs taken by the former researcher and hunter in Africa, Rudolf Grauer, during his expedition to Uganda and Congo-Kinshasa between 1904 and 1906.

A few months later, she was invited to realise a photographic project in Congo-Brazzaville.

In this work, still in progress, she wanted to refer to Grauer’s photographs and engage in a dialogue between the two perspectives, that of a former hunter and collector and her view, that of a sociologist.

In order to explore conditions, colors and light on site, she started making cyanotype prints. Cyanotype is one of the oldest photographic processes.
The paper is coated with a chemical solution sensitive to light and then
exposed to sunlight. The results are blue colour images. Blue, a very rare colour in the tropics.

Verena Andrea Prenner is sociologist and photographer born and raised in Austria. The last years she mainly spent in the Middle East working on various sociological and artistic projects. In her artistic work she focuses on humans and their social environment and combines sociological theories and field research with the medium of photography.

Exhibition by Бартcелона POP UP with the support by Radisson Collection Hotel, Old Mill Belgrade and Kulturforum Belgrad