OXANA’s 30th BIRTHDAY
With Radha Mitchell and Max Sharam
Oxanna’s 30th birthday takes place in a hot, dry desert trailer backyard.
Despite the humble surroundings, there is a sense of hope and a feeling of self worth.
Realizing how quickly time advances, these characters scheme to survive.
Drawing on their experience and beauty, they pose for the camera with ease but know that the choices they must soon make will change them forever. Stefanie Schneider’s “party” shines the light of the fading American dream, what it means and the stark reality of where we’re going.
To be continued…
Size including the polaroid frame: 58 x 70cm
Do you believe in love at first sight? I do - ever since I saw Stefanie Schneider’s artwork in a gallery in Hamburg, Germany a few years ago. Never before have images drawn me so immediately, affected me so profoundly, nor kept me so relentlessly under their spell. Never before have I sensed such a harmonious, quiet and yet mutually nourishing relationship between an artist and the medium which occupies the central position in my life, my work and my mind: Polaroid film.
Stefanie has taken Polaroid photography to the highest level of attention and acclaim of any photographer in history, breaking new ground we never thought imaginable. No one before has utilized Polaroid film to such a degree, elevating it into the realm of pure fine art. It’s not an exaggeration to state that meeting Stefanie and seeing her exceptional work has changed my life forever, and was the catalyst that moved me to save Polaroid film when I had thoughts of shutting down production a few years ago. Indeed, she nearly single-handedly saved an industry and a filmic medium.
In the years that followed my fateful decision inspired by Stefanie, her stunning works have not only touched our own analog souls; her incredible ongoing worldwide success and growing exposure has also given a very clear signal that the time is now to collect, treasure and inhale the mysterious magic of Polaroid art.
Several weeks after first meeting her work, I had a chance to meet Stefanie in person and discovered that each of her intensive Polaroid images form part of an ambitious and extraordinary master plan - the largest Polaroid art project of all time: a full-length film almost completely made out of Polaroid materials and images called “29 Palms, CA.” Immediately upon learning this, we started collecting expired film from all over the planet to support her vision. In return, Stefanie Schneider has allowed us to showcase a very special and lovingly composed collection of limited edition prints of her latest Polaroid shots and personal favorites at Polanoir, our Polaroid Gallery in Vienna.
Schneider, (...) inspired me to start (...) THE IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT after seeing her work, which seems to achieve the possible from the impossible, creating the finest of art out of the most basic of mediums and materials. Indeed, after that one day, I was so impressed with her photography that I realized Polaroid film could not be allowed to disappear. Being at the precise moment in time where the world was about to lose Polaroid, I seized the moment and put all my efforts and passion into saving Polaroid film.
“Doc” Florian Kaps, Founder Impossible / Polanoid