In the wake of what has been referred to since the summer of 2015 as the refugee crisis, the term “upper limit” was introduced into the Austrian domestic political debate as both a theoretical and factual notion. Austrian photographer Christian Wachter’s new artist’s book moves silently through loosely edited color photographs of European Christian churches alongside flocks of birds and atmospheric tracings in the Algerian skies. There are no texts or artist comments, just the quiet sequencing allowing a very personal conversation to begin. In his new work, Wachter wonders whether “in the dispute over the right of asylum it might not be better to relate that upper limit to top incomes and assets?” Also embraced in the concept of the book is a network of formal levels of meaning, referencing on the one hand the contrapuntal music form of the fugue (Lat. fuga—i.e., flight, running away), and on the other, widespread fears relating to differences in religious beliefs and cultures.
6 ⅔ x 9 ¾ in. / 103 pp / 70 color
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