Something In Between / Sergej Vutuc
A collection of evocative photography by skateboard punk chronicler and performance artist Sergej Vutuc.
Since the mid-1990s Vutuc has been engaged in the punk and skateboarding community and the aesthetics and philosophies of these DIY-cultures have granted his work a distinct character.
Vutuc’s work reaffirms that the skateboarder is not a detached voyeur of urban modernity. He has to constantly engage with his environment, re-invent and make new use out of it. His gaze, like Vutuc’s, is a nomadic one. It is always searching for things that are usable, beautiful or just plain fun, things he can invest himself in. These fragments become the raw material for stories “the mouth can never say,”— stories privileged for the eye.
Born in Doboj (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Vutuc started skateboarding before he was 10, using improvised equipment on the streets of the former Yugoslavia. And now, whether he's following young skaters or elderly dancers on the streets of Germany or Pittsburgh, he chronicles his surroundings with rare empathy in dynamic black and white photos. He doesn't hesitate to scratch his prints, interfere with images, let things go blurry; it's all part of his improvisational process.
With text, in German and English, by Jocko Weyland
Designed by Christoph Merkt
Published by Snoeck, 2011
Hardcover, 104 pages, b&w, 10 × 9.5 inches