Opening, March 8, 2006, 7 pm
Exhibition, March 9 – April 7, 2006
For over 50 years, Hilton hotels have been considered an expression of elite Western life-styles. These days, Hiltons are found almost everywhere, in America and in Asia, in Africa as well as in Europe. The image of these hotels is mainly determined by standardized components. The guest knows what to expect from a Hilton, no matter in which part of the world he or she is. Nevertheless, the geographical, cultural and social characteristics of the individual locations are not wholly eliminated. At the centre of Be My Guest are photographs and interviews, which where taken and recorded at the Hilton Vienna and at the Hilton Colombo. They investigate the relation between recognizable spatial structures and standardized services on the one hand and local features or cultural differences on the other.
Sascha Reichstein (b. 1971 in Switzerland) lives and works in Vienna.
Curated by Christian Kravagna and Hedwig Saxenhuber.