The theme of my photographic work is the fate of the refugees in summer 2015 and the response of many people who spontaneously tried to help. My photographs take the form of the expanded portrait. By that I mean that I invoke those who helped as contemporary witnesses from this particular phase of the refugee crisis and then visit the locations with them where they got together with the refugees. These are also places where the traces of these events and those who fled are still visible, for me to photograph and document. The short captions underline the context, but like the images themselves they also leave plenty of space for the viewer’s own ideas and their own memories of events.
I depict the events of the immediate past that are still alive in all of us, and I do so as if we are to be reminded of them in a distant future.
Kurt Kaindl, born 1954 in Gmunden, holds a PhD in German language and literature studies and communication science; documentary photo projects in cooperation with the Austrian writer Karl-Markus Gauß (book and exhibition The unknown Europeans) and about the Iron Curtain; lives and works in Salzburg.