||48 hours and
Austrian photographer Yenny Huber works with film to explore “landscape cities” (a phrase by Guy Bourdin meaning studies of cities
through their buildings and architecture instead of traditional landscapes). Her projects 48 hours and Urban Rooms show the many facets
of various cities — empty, lonely places and streets; grand buildings; railway
stations and other public sights — all compressed into multiple, dense layers, that take the spectator on a visual
journey through urban space.
48 stunden (48 hours) is a photographic project exploring
the diversity and contradictions of a city. It looks
not only at places of wealth and prosperity, peace and quiet, but also
at those that have been neglected and forgotten.
Utilizing 48 hours only to capture each place, the project plays with
the concept and meaning of time within contemporary society while also
engaging with the deep complexity that is embedded within every center
of history and culture. It visually confronts the loneliness present in
any large metropolis.
48 hours forms an abstract interpretation, a collective observation, and
intensive search for the complex character of a city, its people and its
Another project by Huber, usually projected in large scale with live sound and performance, Urban
Rooms presents a multi-sensory experience for the viewer, a visual
journey through the multiple layers of urban space, human life and emotion.
Caught within the projection, the audience becomes both voyeur and center
stage character as they are looking simultaneously into and out of their
“projection windows”, watching the continuously changing imagery
of their urban lives and surrounding.
During the original performance nights, the rotating imagery is accompanied
by a specifically composed abstract sound piece, a live soprano and shadow-performance
that visualizes the viewer’s own “reflection” — the
figure in our urban surroundings, the anonymous character in contemporary
All of Huber’s images are captured analogue, layered
in-camera, with no digital manipulation.
— Marina Yolbulur-Nissim
Curator for the KunstHausWien
Yenny Huber was one of three photographers from Austria chosen to represent Austria this year at the nightlong projection of photographs from 27 European countries at the Rencontres Festival in Arles. Marina Yolbulur-Nissim served as curator for the selections from Austria.