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Selfportrait von Elfie Semotan
© Elfie Semotan, Courtesy: Studio Semotan

Position and Pose

Semotan, who was born in Wels in 1941, attended the fashion school in Vienna Heztendorf, before moving to Paris, the capital of fashion, at the age of 20. She quickly managed to get a foothold in the fashion and advertising scene. Semotan photographed many great fashion lines for famous labels, as well as models like Naomi Campbell. Her shots appeared in international magazines like Vogue, Marie Claire, and The New Yorker.

To mark her 80th birthday this year, the Kunst Haus Wien is honoring Elfie Semotan with the comprehensive retrospective "Position and Pose". The exhibition covers six decades and shows her diverse artistic oeuvre. On display are 150 works by Semotan – well-known fashion and advertising photographs and portraits, as well as poetic landscape shots and still life compositions. 

Power from Nature

Semotan's photographic approach derives from the idea of capturing a person's personality, and in doing so illustrating multifaceted stories. The visual arts often serve as a source of inspiration for her. Nature is also of decisive importance to her – as a place of retreat and of creativity. An important role is played in this by her origin and house in southern Burgenland, where she lives in addition to her homes in Vienna and New York. Whether analog or digital, whether photographed in black and white or in color, Semotan manages to capture poetic moments in her shots in an incomparable way.

Elfie Semotan. Position and Pose

May 5 - August 29, 2021

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Kunst Haus Wien Museum Hundertwasser

Untere Weißgerberstraße 13
1030 Vienna
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