The book of Alex Dietrich "Gott hat Vorrang" ("God has priority") describes with photographic instruments a seemingly old-fashioned theme, which … Read More
The book of Alex Dietrich "Gott hat Vorrang" ("God has priority") describes with photographic instruments a seemingly old-fashioned theme, which appears to be, at first sight, antiquated in a secularized world: "God" or rather what people imagine it to be and how it comes into contact with people in an institutionalised shape. Which raises the question: Why does such a young artist embrace a theme like that?
The answer can only be: Due to the fact that the Catholic church in Austria still has sociopolitical influence. Just think of the statements Bishop Elmar Fischer made regarding homosexuality ("Homosexuality is a mental illness, which could be cured in many cases") or the online-petition of the bishops conference against "gay-marriage" with the reason being, it would be a threat for heterosexual marriage.
The pictures of Alex Dietrich confront us with this "old" hegemony-claim in a very direct way. The pictures taken outside appear to be the view of a child, which observes those enormous sacred buildings in awe. Wherever it gets more intimate and personal - inside of the churches - there comes a change of perspective, to eye level. In opposition to the concept of the long buildings, which is there quite plainly to show believers their nothingness. The pictures are quiet pictures, which seem to be subversive. And casually a "dissonance" finds it way into the silence creating a heavy discomfort.