Lisl Ponger’s work concerns stereotypes, racism and the construction of the gaze. It is located at the interface between art, art history and ethnology in the mediums of photography, film, installation and text.
Where are you from?
When did you realise you could make a living from your photography/art?
When I found a gallery and became old enough to get a (small) pension.
What influences your practice?
Language, history, art history, post - and neo - colonial studies, critical approach to ethnology, anti-racism activism.
Five words that sum up your practice?
Read, research, think, associate, research.
What is/was an important image for you?
Antonio de Pereda The Knight’s Dream.
Artists are used to working in isolation. What advice would you give people who are now isolated for the first time?
Read and research extensively, follow up ideas, follow up some dreams that have been neglected.
What should governments be doing to support the arts in this difficult time?
As someone said… in 2008 the governments saved the banks, now is the time to save the people (not only artists).