ホテル Hotel

ホテル Hotel – Surrogates (reads: “hotel-hotel – surrogates”) is an ongoing long-term project started in Jan 2016 of lens-based images of self-made small-scale puppets (currently over 3000+ small scale prints), shown in photo installations and experimental films;

fictive photographic documentary of a long-residency hotel, rooted in the punk rock movement, inspired by the hypocrisy of the art market’s reaction to Nan Goldin’s “Ballad of Sexual Dependency” (originally a slide-show) and contemporaries, fetishizing images that depict the intimate life of people who they otherwise marginalize in real life due to drastic differences in social status.

The images in this project are accompanied by a dystopian novel, which is being published online for time being alongside the images as I am creating them in posts on my BLOG “Handabbeisser”, which also serves as a production diary.

The media slide-show is directly linked to the traditional folk art of story telling in (often itinerant) sliding picture-shows, or in Japanese 紙芝居 (“Kamishibai”).

As in political puppetry I am using puppets both as a vehicle to communicate emotions and also as a form of mask. As opposed to the earlier “Each reflection…”-project the characters are not based on single persons but on amalgams of personalities of people I know, inclusive autobiographical material.
As in all my work the settings for the images are not built miniature-dioramas, but site-specific pop-up scenes in my own environment, the respective episodes are thematically informed by daily occurrences in my personal life as well political situations of the moment.

This project consists of a combination of puppetry, theatre, novel, photography and experimental animation.

Please view the featured characters below, more are being added regularly according the development of the narration.

So far the project has been exhibited as photo-installation (small-scale prints 4 x 6 inch, 5 x 7 inch) in:

as well as live slide-show in:

other events are in planning, please check back for updates;
please view also my CV under FILMOGRAPHY for screenings/awards at film festivals;

REVIEW, Kayle Whalen / PerformInk :

“The evening closed with a slideshow of some of Josiane Keller’s ホテル Hotel, an ongoing project of stark, devastating photographs of clay sculpture-puppets, based on images from the 1970s and ‘80s. It was a quick tonal shift for Scratch Night, but Keller’s work is undeniably powerful. Viewing her explorations, as she puts it, of the difference between a 3-D sculpture and a 2-D image of a 3-D sculpture, was a valuable section of the night, and of the whole festival.”  (Jun 7th 2017)

A printed photo-book titled “NADJA – The Lover’s Flower” is in working. Please check back soon for more information.

Disclaimer: 

NOT entertainment geared towards a child or child-like audience.
Like classical puppetry it is a socio-political critique, occasionally the irony may get lost in translation, or God knows where it ends up.
Contains plenty of non pg material.

PLEASE LOOK AND READ RESPONSIBLY !