Deliverance / Erlösung


“Erlösung” (“deliverance”) is the photographic documentation of long waiting lines in front of institutions of cultural „magnificence“, such as the Sixteenth Chapel in Rome or the Louvre in Paris.
Rome, 2007
519 photographs / installation
Size of the prints according to the exhibition space. (With a size of 15 x 10 cm of each photograph the entire line would be about 46 meter; with a size of 30 x 20 cm the length would be about 108 meter.)











Erlösung” (“deliverance”) is the photographic documentation of long waiting lines in front of institutions of cultural „magnificence“, such as the Sixteenth Chapel in Rome or the Louvre in Paris. In this example “Erlösung / Sixteenth Chapel” the actual line in front of the Vatican is pieced together from about 550 photographs. The ­individual photographs slightly overlap and form the queue.
Prammer says: “I am always surprised how many people are willing to stand in line for really long times to see art. My personal assumption is that most are not that eager to see a particular art piece, but rather think it is an obligation to visit cultural things when traveling. This reflects also in the language of traveling. One has not “visited” Angkor Wat anymore, but “did it”.”

Another important part of the work is the focus on the particular look of tourists. The series lets the viewer watch the line of “everyday” people. “The tourist” as a phenomenon is always an easy target for photographers. The tourists displays the “everyday look” of the current time in their clothes, accessory, choice of companions and body figures.