Julian Slagman: Looking at My Brother
Book Presentation and Artist Talk mit Eva Maria Ocherbauer

20.6.2024, 18:00
Exhibition space Camera Austria
In German language
Free admission

The central element in Julian Slagman’s photography is transience, an emotional look at the impermanent existence of a state, a moment, a person. In his book Looking at My Brother, released in May 2024 by Disko Bay (Copenhagen, DK), Slagman compiles pictures of his two younger brothers Mats and Jonah taken over the past ten years. In gingerly captured, almost casual photographs, he documents how they come of age and begin to establish their own world.

From individual portraits to shared moments, the images offer a poignant exploration of childhood, growth, and the passage of time. This work deals not least with the vulnerability of the body and the brutality of the scars that Mats sustained from his scoliosis operation. Such corporeal memories are contrasted with the resilience and strength that the two brothers embody through the process of growing up and the state of brotherhood.

Together with Eva Maria Ocherbauer, Slagman will delve into the vulnerable relationship between photography and time.

Julian Slagman – Looking at My Brother – Artist Talk & Buch Präsentation
Mittwoch, 19. Juni 2024, 19:00
Softcover, Stumpergasse 53-55, 1060 Wien

I am immensely excited to finally announce the publication of my first book. It has been a long and intense process of bringing this publication to life and I am forever grateful for everyone who supported me during the last two years. To me this book is a milestone, as it shows how I became a photographer & a member of a family. In 2004 my brother Mats was born, and in 2008 my brother Jonah. We have the same mother. It was around that time when I picked up a camera and started to experiment with it. The camera was a great tool for keeping enough distance, but also coming closer, taking a step towards these bright & fascinating human beings.

As we grew older together, Mats developed a severe form of scoliosis, which led from wearing a corset, to two major surgeries and the stiffening of his spine. The camera had already been rooted in our relationship, so we took the opportunity to photograph before and after these surgeries, and made these fierce moments part of a beautiful, but painful experience. While the attention lay on Mats, Jonah found his own ways of appearing and disappearing into the frame. It is a miracle how we all just can not remember making a lot of these photographs.

Thank you Mats and Jonah, for letting me do this, with all your patience and understanding.

The book is a compact embossed hardcover containing 120 pages with 68 b&w and color images and a text by Linda Baumgartner translated to English with a beautiful design by Louis Montes and cover illustration by Karim Boumjimar, printed on natural uncoated Munken paper by the exceptional monks at Narayana Press.

It can be purchased via Disko Bay here