BLOOD

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

Natascha preparing one wall 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 dark and unspoken aspects of the artist’s family story, set between Germany and Australia, across war, betrayal and murder. Each of the 11 works are created using the scanner (both a ghostly and interogative light source) and employ image interventions from gross cutting to meticulous manipulation. 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 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 ink on photo rag, 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 ink on photo rag, 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 ink on photo rag, 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 ink on photo rag, 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 ink on photo rag, 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 ink on photo rag, 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 ink on photo rag, 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 ink on photo rag, 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 ink on photo rag, 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 ink on photo rag, 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 ink on photo rag, 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