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Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel: On the Margins

The films by Vienna’s director duo Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel count among the most fascinating and sensuous works of recent Austrian film history. They are shown at international film festivals and have received numerous awards. At once social realistic and poetic, the films are compelling not least due to their tender treatment of and affection for their protagonists, sometimes played by amateurs. Less well known is the photographic oeuvre of Covi and Frimmel. While these photographs may be considered a preliminary study for the duo’s films, they must also be seen as independent perspectives and artistic concepts—though analogue film and photo materials represent a parallel use.

Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
Bar, from the series: Public and Private Spaces, Kaliningrad Region, 1999

The Diagonale has dedicated the extensive film program ”Spotlight on” to Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel, which will be presented from April 6 to 10, 2022, and Camera Austria presents a first comprehensive exhibition of their photographic work. This joint endeavor is the first sweeping presentation of Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel’s oeuvre.

Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
Hairdresser, from the series: Public and Private Spaces, Kaliningrad Region, 1999

Tizza Covi, born in Bozen (IT) in 1971, and Rainer Frimmel, born in Vienna (AT) in 1971, both attended the Kolleg für Fotografie at the Graphische Lehranstalt in Vienna from 1992 to 1994. They have been collaborating since 1996 on projects in the fields of photography, theater, and film. They established the production company Vento Film in 2002 in order to produce their films independently. Their documentary and feature films, which are always cast with amateur actors and shot on 16mm film, material have been awarded prizes at many international festivals.

Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
Restaurant, from the series: Public and Private Spaces, Kaliningrad Region, 1999

Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
On the Margins

Curated by
Reinhard Braun

March 19 through May 22, 2022

Camera Austria
Lendkai 1, A-8020 Graz, Austria

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