Short but Sweet with Raphael Reichl

Artist talk
30/5 2023 6 pm

On selected Tuesday evenings, artists from the exhibition Unfreezing the Scene. Kunsthalle Wien Prize 2022 and our art education team meet for a joint discussion on their artistic practice. After the 20-minute talk, there will be an opportunity to take a tour of the exhibition together.

This program is free of charge and registration is not required.

The artist talk will be held in German.

Raphael Reichl (b. 1994, Klosterneuburg, Austria) lives and works in Vienna and Mexico City.  He studied at the Friedl Kubelka School for Independent Film in Vienna. In 2022, he graduated from the University of Applied Arts Vienna, where he studied Site-Specific Art with Paul Petritsch. His works have been presented at the Österreichisches Kulturforum Berlin, Leopold Museum, Fotogalerie Wien, and notgalerie Aspern Nord (all in Vienna), as well as within the frameworks of KÖR (Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien [Art in public space), Vienna) and Foto Wien.

Furthermore, Reichl’s short films have been shown at film festivals such as Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen and Diagonale (Graz), as well as in film programs at mumok kino (Vienna), Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles), Filmmuseum (Vienna), and Metro Kino Vienna. Recently, his short film t t t touch me toured internationally via the European Short Film Network, curated by Philipp Fleischmann, and was presented at Go Short (Nijmegen), Oberhausen, IndieLisboa (Lisbon), Vienna Shorts, Uppsala Short, and Short Waves (Poznań).

Raphael Reichl’s film Andar pisando en cascarones arenosos [Walk on sandy eggshells] (2022) juxtaposes two parallel pathways of globalization: we become witnesses to divergent yet closely interconnected realities in Puerto Escondido on Mexico’s Pacific coast. The boom in so-called ecotourism is constantly creating new construction sites for hotel complexes. The hard-labor experience of the construction workers collides with the images of cute baby turtles on their first journey into the sea. In this paradoxical intertwining of nature conservation with capitalist exploitation and the destruction of people and landscapes, the madness of global exploitation becomes visible.