BLOOD

Natascha preparing one wall for the Blood series, Fotogalerie Wien, 2010

Natascha preparing one wall of ‘Bloody Suns’ for the Blood series, Fotogalerie Wien, 2010

Blood is thicker than water. Ever tried to swim in blood?

Natascha Stellmach, Installation view (detail), Blood series, Wagner+Partner, Berlin, 2010

Installation view (detail), Blood series, Wagner+Partner, Berlin, 2010

This installation narrates a collective story of displacement, migration and Zerrissenheit (being torn), from the 1940s to the 2000s, set between Germany and Australia. Informed by the prosaic form of the family saga – war, betrayal, murder and reconciliation – BLOOD is inspired by unspoken aspects of the artist’s family history. Each of the 11 works are first created as works on paper with antique paper and albums, a typewriter and photographs that were either found or photographed by the artist – to be then cut, burnt or meticulously manipulated. Following this, a scanner (both a ghostly and interogative light source) is used to glean over the collage to create the singular photo work.  These intense narrative works illustrate the blurring of memory, fact and fiction often associated with repression and invite us to investigate the relationship to our own Geschichte (history + story). The series begins with a super-imposed self-portrait of the artist, reminding us of the power we have to address our histories. Stellmach’s black humour cuts through the intensity by situating the works on walls with ‘Bloody Suns’ made from Christmas Baubels filled with fake blood. The series first appeared in an earlier form in  The Book of Back.

Natascha Stellmach, Blood No. 1, 2013, archival ink on photo rag, 42 x 59 cm

Blood No. 1, 2013, archival pigment print on photo rag, Ed 5, 42 x 59 cm

Natascha Stellmach, Blood No. 2, 2006–09, archival ink on photo rag, 42 x 59 cm

Blood No. 2, 2006–09, archival pigment print on photo rag, Ed 5, 42 x 59 cm

Natascha Stellmach, Blood No. 3, 2006–09, archival ink on photo rag, 42 x 59 cm

Blood No. 3, 2006–09, archival pigment print on photo rag, Ed 5, 42 x 59 cm

Natascha Stellmach, Blood No. 4, 2006–09, archival ink on photo rag, 42 x 59 cm

Blood No. 4, 2006–09, archival pigment print on photo rag, Ed 5, 42 x 59 cm

Natascha Stellmach, Blood No. 5, 2006–09, archival ink on photo rag, 42 x 59 cm

Blood No. 5, 2006–09, archival pigment print on photo rag, Ed 5, 42 x 59 cm

Natascha Stellmach, Blood No. 6, 2006–09, archival ink on photo rag, 42 x 59 cm

Blood No. 6, 2006–09, archival pigment print on photo rag, Ed 5, 42 x 59 cm

Natascha Stellmach, Blood No. 7, 2006–09, archival ink on photo rag, 42 x 59 cm

Blood No. 7, 2006–09, archival pigment print on photo rag, Ed 5, 42 x 59 cm

Natascha Stellmach, Blood No. 8, 2006–09, archival ink on photo rag, 42 x 59 cm

Blood No. 8, 2006–09, archival pigment print on photo rag, Ed 5, 42 x 59 cm

Natascha Stellmach, Blood No. 9, 2006–09, archival ink on photo rag, 42 x 59 cm

Blood No. 9, 2006–09, archival pigment print on photo rag, Ed 5, 42 x 59 cm

Natascha Stellmach, Blood No. 10, 2006–09, archival ink on photo rag, 42 x 59 cm

Blood No. 10, 2006–09, archival pigment print on photo rag, Ed 5, 42 x 59 cm

Natascha Stellmach, Blood No. 11, 2006–09, archival ink on photo rag, 42 x 59 cm

Blood No. 11, 2006–09, archival pigment print on photo rag, Ed 5, 42 x 59 cm

Natascha Stellmach, Installation view (detail): Blood series as part of Stellmach's Come Live in My Head, Wagner+Partner Berlin, 2010

Installation view (detail): Blood series as part of Stellmach’s Come Live in My Head, Wagner+Partner Berlin, 2010

Natascha Stellmach, Installation view, Blood series as part of Identität–Biografie (photographs and mixed media) at Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, 2010

Installation view (detail), Blood series as part of Identität–Biografie, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, 2010

Natascha Stellmach, Installation view (detail), Blood, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, 2010

Installation view (detail), Blood, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, 2010

© Natascha Stellmach, Installation view (detail): The Book of Back, mixed media, artist book, Fotogalerie Wien, Austria, 2010

Installation view (detail): The Book of Back, mixed media, artist book, Fotogalerie Wien, Austria, 2010

Natascha Stellmach, Installation view (detail), Blood, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, 2010

Installation view (detail), Blood, Fotogalerie Wien, Vienna, 2010

INSTALLATION VIEWS
Wagner + Partner Berlin | Fotogalerie Wien Austria

SELECTED TEXTS
Neues Deutschland | Verletzung und Verdrängung – Review by Robert Meyer
Claudia Marion Stemberger – Identität I: Biografie | Fotogalerie Wien (Deutsch) & English