The continual questioning of the documentary—photographic—image relates to a crisis of plausibility and of valid—political, social, economic—agreements. If it at best seems difficult to foster reliability when it comes to present-day events, then something of an “archaeology” of the present attains intensified meaning. What is being remembered? What can be discerned about history based on the pictures? Which texts are written about these pictures? The artists in the exhibition “once documentary” take different approaches to addressing these questions related to the construction of history, and thus also to the construction of collective knowledge. once documentary will be on show at Camera Austria.
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