After a degree in psychology and studies in camera and cinematography at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, Gisela Erlacher has turned to photography entirely. For more than twenty years, she has been working on contemporary architecture and on topics related to urban and suburban space. For her recent project Skies of Concrete she travelled to China, Britain, the Netherlands and to parts of her home country Austria. The images show bridges: elevated roads in cities, viaducts, entangled lanes of expressway intersections. Yet Erlacher's interest is neither on the function of bridges r on their nature as symbols for communication or mobility. She directs her gaze at the spaces that the crossing of a transport route causes to open up as a specific area within the urban fabric or in the countryside. She focuses on absurd situations that can occur when existing structures are drastically changed by building a bridge or when dead spaces beneath bridges are functionalised in one form or ather. This new book features some forty of Erlacher's striking photographs, complemented by essays on her work and the spaces she has captured in her images.
Essays by Lilli Licka and Peter Lodermeyer. Lilli Licka is a landscape architect and founding partner with Koselicka Landscape Architecture in Vienna. She also teaches as a Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna. Peter Lodermeyer is a scholar of art history. He lives and works as a critic, freelance writer and curator in Bonn.