Nearly a year before the fatal accident of Diana Spencer and Dodi Al-Fayed, G.R.A.M., an artist group from Graz, developed the project PAPARAZZI. Beginning with a Schindler House scholarship in Los Angeles (1997), they integrated viewing habits and stereotypes of the commerical photographers into the art world. Playing with sensations, voyeurism, deceit, and the rules of media in photos of boring everyday scenes experiences a dramatic reinterpretation: through Paparazzi esthetics the ordinary is being loaded with secrets. „Fact“ becomes „fiction".
Since a decade G.R.A.M. delivers a series of PAPARAZZI images, a personal contribution to media's conjuration of the „End of Privacy“. All images were taken by G.R.A.M. themselves, through the mixing of prominent persons and celebrities (e.g. Barack Obama, David Beckham, Kate Moss, or Paris Hilton) and non-prominent persons a visual undergrowth evolves, where there seems to be no safe truth.
The images „shot“ in Hollywood, New York, Cannes, Nizza, Monte Carlo, London, Vienna, Berlin, or Graz simulate realities, that only exist in the minds of the viewers.
With the complex PAPARAZZI series which embraces thousands of photos, G.R.A.M. specifically focuses their view on the no man's land between privacy and public, the gray zone between reality and non-reality.