… Land am Strome

Kaprun (A), 2013

The hydro-electric power stations of Kaprun are located in the alpine landscape of Austria, set between terraced, artificial lakes. Up until the 1950's, the main complex was considered to be the largest man-made structure in the world, a victory of how humans can harness the power of nature.

In Gschwantner's work, polaroids showing the lake are combined with citations from the stage play Das Werk, written by Nobel prize-winner Elfriede Jelinek. Her  play is about the construction of  the power plants at Kaprun - "a virtually unparalleled challenge to nature, to be dominated by technology" and the price paid by forced labour during its hazardous construction under the Nazi regime. Gschwanter's works are made from PVC tubing filled with water from the lakes.

UNTITLED, 2013
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