Exhibit: March 3, 2012 - April 14, 2012.
Reception: March 3, 2012, 6-8pm
In “Surplus,” Krebs explores his view that a war of consumerism is taking place. In this war, the victims are consumers who are manipulated into pursuing artificially created needs. Citizens become dependent on their income to buy goods they do not need to remain competitive in today’s society. Using powerful references to iconic war photographs, Krebs visualizes the modern western consumer’s struggle. As he explains, “By not showing but only referring to iconic [war] images one becomes aware of how powerful pictures are that already ‘made history’ and have become part of our visual culture.”
Krebs was born in Klosterneuburg, Austria, in 1985. After graduating high school, he founded a photography class for HIV-positive children at an orphanage in Honduras. Krebs created “Surplus” in 2010 as his diploma project for the Masterclass for Design at the Graphische, Vienna. “Surplus” was exhibited at the Albertina Museum in Vienna, and was nominated for the International Photography Award in the category “Deeper Perspective.” Krebs is currently continuing his photography studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. This is Krebs’s first show in the United States.