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Museum der Moderne Salzburg : Marion Kalter : Deep Time


Marion Kalter’s (Salzburg, AT, 1951) photographs are always about human beings—they already captured the artist’s interest when she launched her career as a journalist. Celebrated writers including Anaïs Nin and Susan Sontag as well as visual artists like Joan Mitchell and Meret Oppenheim and the filmmaker Agnès Varda were among her sitters. The jazz poet Ted Joans also played an important role for her. They met in 1974, and it was through him that Kalter came into contact with the jazz scene and Surrealism. Kalter met photographers mostly at the Rencontres de la Photographie in Arles in the mid-1970s.

Deep Time is a search for the traces of Kalter’s childhood. Exhibited here are historical photographs and images of objects that she liberated from suitcases and documented after the death of her parents. Kalter’s sensitive staged photographs allow the different chronologies of these images to bring her complex family history vividly to life. Her unconditional way of experimenting with coincidence has enabled her to create a dense fabric of images over the years. It ends here with a series from 2017: a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway.


Marion Kalter. Deep Time
February 26 – May 22, 2022
Wiener-Philharmoniker-Gasse 9
5020 Salzburg, Austria


Hartmann Books of Stuttgart has brought out a publication in German and English to accompany this exhibition.
Marion Kalter. Deep Time
Ed. by Thorsten Sadowsky
With texts by Florian Ebner, Jean-Jacques Lebel, and Kerstin Stremmel, and a foreword by Thorsten Sadowsky
Softcover, 184 pp., ca. 130 illustrations
Hartmann Books, Stuttgart, 2022
German/English edition
ISBN: 978-3-96070-066-1
€ 34

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