Lois Hechenblaikner

Ischgl and more. A Pop-up Project(ion)

26.0604.10.2020







Lois Hechenblaikner, Ischgl, 2019 © Lois Hechenblaikner

Lois Hechenkblaikner’s Ischgl and more A Pop-up Project(ion) meticulously and irreverently documents the lesser-known side of Austrian Alpine resorts. This pop-up exhibition at MASI’s LAC venue features the Austrian photographer’s most recent series of photos on the Tyrolean resort of Ischgl. Published in a bestselling book by Steidl in June 2020, Hechenblaikner documents one of Austria’s best-known and highly sought ski resorts, renowned not just as a holiday destination, but also for its après-ski nightlife, concerts and over-the-top events, which Hechenblaikner defines as “Delirium Alpinum”. The photographs are an ongoing testimony to the almost reportage-style research carried out by the photographer, who has been documenting the various aspects of Tyrolean ski tourism for over thirty years. In Ischgl, Hechenblaikner immersed himself among the revellers at parties characterized by mayhem and excess, immortalizing telling moments with his camera and also documenting background features: ski facilities, new buildings and the nightclub scene. Projected in themed pairs, the photographs clearly reveal their documentary intentions, to depict the unfiltered reality without judgement or prejudice. This intense and expressive series of over 200 images compiled over many years years can be considered a sociological and photographic study into the culture of events and mass tourism, which has allowed Hechenblaikner to offer an objective look at the mechanisms of a profitable but oftentimes irresponsible party industry.



CULTURAL SENSITIVITY WARNING

Please note: Due to this exhibit’s subject matter, visitors are kindly informed that some of the content of this reportage-style documentary pop-up exhibition may be unsuitable for visitors under 16. Discretion is advised.

  • MASI LAC

  • Piazza Bernardino Luini 6, 6900 Lugano

Biography

Lois Hechenblaikner was born in 1958 and grew up in the Austrian municipality of Alpbachtal, in the Tyrol, where he still lives. His photography explores the impact of mass tourism on the Tyrolean landscape, depicting the immediate consequences on humans and nature. With patience and perseverance, he documents the party scenes, which have transformed these Alpine settlements into mass tourism resorts over the years. Hechenblaikner’s photographs have been displayed in several solo and collective exhibitions, including at the H2 – Zentrum für Gegenwartskunst in Augsburg, the Kunst Haus Wien and the Forum Fotographie in Frankfurt in 2019. The photographer has a longstanding partnership with Steidl, which has published several of his books: in addition to Ischgl (2020), Volksmusik (2019), Hinter den Bergen (2015) and Winter Wonderland (2012).