Being at the right place at the right time is usually associated with happiness and success. But what happens when we are at the right place at the wrong time? Do we even know that this is the right place? And what if it turns out that it is the wrong place after all? But the right time!
Whoever loses his orientation over this thought will get a feeling for Robert Rutöd’s latest pictures. The Vienna-born photographer wandered for five years through Europe and has proven to be a keen observer with an often tragicomic view: The blind man who finds orientation by putting his stick in a tram track, the helpless swan that finds itself frozen to the vast stretch of ice, or the amputee operator of a shooting range set up in a ruined building. It gets macabre with the portraits of the Pope, Hitler and Mussolini decorating the labels of wine bottles.
“Right Time Right Place” is a collection of photographs I made in the last five years on my travels through Europe. The images revolve around the question of whether it is possible for a person to be in the right place at the right time. Is the ideal state of space and time something we are awarded or is it a state we have long been living in without being aware of our good fortune?
I hope I have not succeeded in answering this question. Nothing fails more pathetically than an artist’s attempt to explain the world and its relationships. Rather, my work leads to the conclusion that the world cannot be explained. Once an exhibition visitor in New York told me that, when viewing my photos, she felt that the protagonists seemed to be kind of disobedient. I really liked that interpretation.
“Right Time Right Place” was awarded the Special Prize of the Czech Center of Photography at Photo Annual Awards 2012. A photo from the series won the New York Photo Award 2012 in the category Fine Art.
“What Robert Rutöd brings to the contemporary photographic dialogue is that intangible ability to see the world with a skewed lens – a lens that is compassionate and at the same time, unkind. It is a lens that is the stuff of operas and nightmares, comedies and slapstick. Robert finds that split second of humor or truth telling and that instant of social documentation or absurdity that makes us not only laugh at ourselves, but also laugh and feel embarrassed all at the same time. Or should I say, at The Right Time.” (Aline Smithson, from the foreword to the book “Right Time Right Place”).
Robert Rutöd, born in Vienna, Austria. Photographer and filmmaker. Made numerous short feature films with screenings worldwide. Photographic work exhibited throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Winner of the New York Photo Award 2012 in the category Fine Art. Books: Less Is More (2009), grayscales. Early B&W Photographs (2010), Right Time Right Place (2012), Milky Way (2013).
Right Time Right Place (Eigensinnig, Vienna) S 2014
Miami Street Photography Festival (Trendy Studio, Miami, USA) G 2013
From Memory and Oblivion (Guadalajara, Mexiko) G 2013
Fotonoviembre 2013 (Tenerife, Spain) G 2013
Delhi Photo Festival (New Delhi, India) G 2013
Copenhagen Photo Festival (Carlsberg Byen, Denmark) G 2013
Smashbox Group Show (Month of Photography, Los Angeles, USA) G 2013
Right Time Right Place (WUK Projektraum, Vienna, Austria) S 2012
Right Time Right Place (Galeria Fotografii, Bielsko-Biała, Poland) S 2012
About Photography (M. Žilinskas Art Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania) G 2012
An Eye for an Ear (Galerie Huit, Arles, France) G 2012
The Fence (Photoville Photography Festival, New York, USA) G 2012
Simply (Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado, USA) G 2012
klpa12 (Warehouse Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) G 2012
Kolga Tbilisi Photo (Tbilisi, Georgia) G 2012
Photo Annual Awards (Wall Gallery, Teplice, Czech Republic) G 2012
BlowUp! Angkor (Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia) G 2011
Foto8 Summershow (Host Gallery, London, UK) G 2011
NYPHA‘11 Awards (Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, Finland) G 2011
Provocation (NY Photo Festival, powerHouse Arena, New York, USA) G 2011
Public Space (Austrian Museum of Architecture, Vienna, Austria) G 2010
WoRK (NOPA Gallery, New Orleans, USA) G 2010
Less Is More (Siebensterngalerie, Vienna) S 2010