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Uta Kogelsberger - Uncertain Subjects

Project using photographic portraiture and live performance to respond to the social and political landscape of the UK’s exit from the European Union

Man pasting image onto billboard

Uncertain Subjects was a multi-part practice-based research project by Uta Kögelsberger. The project brought together photographic portraiture with live performance in the public realm and on billboards. It explored alternative material strategies for the production, distribution and reception of photography. It was developed in five stages between 2017 and 2019, each stage resulting in distinct work in the public realm, including a mail art project, photographic billboard performances and an extended installation.

Contextually, Uncertain Subjects was developed in direct response to the complex social and political landscape in the UK between the EU referendum in 2016 and the UK’s exit from the European Union. It aimed to engage the public with the real-life impacts of these political events. The parts of the research built on each other by focusing on different groups within the UK population and their experience of the process of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

127 photographic portraits of individual subjects were made in Parts I-IV. During the photo shoot, each subject was interviewed, with agreed quotations extracted from each interview included in the final image. 63 portraits were selected for printing as billboards and/or postcards.


Download project PDF: Uta_Kogelsberger - UncertainSubjects (part I - II) (1.9MB) & Uta_Kogelsberger - UncertainSubjects (part III - VII) (1.9MB)

Interior view of shop with large poster of a portrait of a man on the wall