Galerie Raum mit Licht


curated by_vienna 2016 | curated by Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir


Opening: Thursday 08 September 2016 18:00–21:00
Exhibition: 09 September – 15 October 2016

Róska »My God, I am in such a bad mood!«
Geta Brătescu (b. 1926 Bucharest, Rumania)
Karin Fisslthaler (b. 1981 Vienna, Austria)
Olena Newkryta (b. 1991 Vienna, Austria)
Ludmila Rusava (1954 – 2010 Minsk, Belarus)
Róska (Ragnhildur Óskarsdóttir) (1940 – 1996 Iceland)

Can avant-garde feminism in contemporary art still be described as a nomadic phenomenon, characterized by the hybridity of its material elements and its subversive narratives challenging the institutional canon? By juxtaposing three generations of women artists, I seek to examine how new artistic strategies are defined by the interplay of analog practices and digital means within the context of continuous technological innovations.
It goes without saying that feminism in art has generated some of the most influential discourses and art practices of the last decades. By juxtaposing historical work by Geta Brătescu (b. 1926), Róska (1940 – 1996) and Ludmila Rusava (1954-2010) with recently produced work made by Karin Fisslthaler and Olena Newkryta, my aim is not to demonstrate any specific affiliation, but to apply a cartographic approach to the question of feminist avant-garde and their possible influence. What these artists share is their exploration of new media and their use of body language, a practice inherent to many feminist approaches to artmaking. Furthermore, their employment of hybrid processes, investigations of materials, and their use of digital, manual and analogue methods such as montage, collage, sampling and remixing, have the potential to engender new paradigms for art making, outside those of genealogy and affiliation that have long defined art history’s view of successive generations.
Geta Brătescu and Ludmila Rusava both began their artistic formation within the framework of Soviet rule. Their works are marked by the experience of political oppression, but nonetheless manifest great freedom of expression, complexity in the use of materials, within a broad range of artistic media (installation, performance, book-work, collage, film, photography, drawing, painting, writing and textiles). Róska was an Icelandic political activist living and working in Italy during a period of socio-political turmoil: A painter, photographer, poet, and a film director, she described her own art practice as a “continuous rebellion in living poetry and politics.” Karin Fisslthaler's work deals with rhythm, body language and silent communication. In her recent series Kristal she remixes analog and digital technologies into singular photographic objects reminiscent of cinematic fragmented narratives. Olena Newkryta represents the youngest generation of women artists in this group. She uses popular media to raise questions bearing on her own identity as a Ukrainian within the current political state of affairs.

Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir is an associate professor and a curator in Paris and Reykjavik.
Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir is Associate Professor and curator based in Paris and Reykjavik. She has organized and participated in numerous national and international curatorial projects with Icelandic and European institutions and teaches art history and art theory at the University of Iceland. Recently curated and co-curated exhibitions are: Re-construction of Friendship, Corner House, Riga European Capital of Culture, 2014; Tracks in Sand, retrospective of sculptor Sigurjón Ólafsson, National Gallery Iceland, 2014; Turku-biennale, Finland, 2013; Guest curator, FNAGP, Paris, 2014; Reality Check, Reykjavík Art Festival 2010;

GETA BRÃTESCU (*1926 Bucharest, Rumania) studied at the Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest and at the Academy of Fine Arts. Brătescu has worked as an arts editor, illustrator and animator, and also carried out documentation trips both in Romania and abroad for the Artist‘s Union.  Her work includes drawing, collage, photography, performance, illustration and film. Throughout Brătescu‘s works the line is a dominant feature, functioning as a mode of definition, measurement and movement, from the classical draughtsmanship of Hands 1974–76 to the body performing in space in The Studio 1978. Creating lines through material has continued within Brătescu‘s practice to present day.

KARIN FISSLTHALER (*1981 Oberndorf near Salzburg, AT)  Graduated in experimental design at the Kunstuniversität Linz. She works in the fields of experimental film and Fine Art, and has been producing electronic music since 2003 under the name Cherry Sunkist. In her work she engages with issues concerning media portrayals of the human body, and its body language and the repercussions of the latter on the construction of identity. As material, found footage becomes the subject of fascination, criticism, multiple interpretations and complex approaches. Lives and works in Vienna and Linz.

OLENA NEWKRYTA (*1990 Wosnesensk, Ukraine), lives and works in Vienna. She is studying applied art and photography since 2011 at the University of applied arts Vienna. In 2015 she did an exchange year at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. The artist finds the starting point of her work in observations of everyday life, in philosophy and in art history.
She uses mainly found objects and found footage material in which she is interested because of their materiality and their political and social aspects. Through minimal interventions and displacements of contexts, the artists asks questions and creates new perspectives.

LUDMILA RUSAVA (*1954 – 2010 Minsk, Belarus) studied at the Minsk Art school (1969 – 1973), Belarusian State Institue of Theatre and Art at the department of monumental and decorative arts (1974 – 1979). Rusava has participated in exhibitions since 1979 (altogother more than 100 exhibitions and conceptual projects). She worked with geometric abstraction forms (painting, drawing, textiles – tapestries in the original author´s technique), was the author of several conceptual  projects, wrote metaphsical poetry. Rusava is the author of the first performance in Belarus.

RÓSKA (Ragnhildur Óskarsdóttir) (*1940 – 1996 Iceland) studied at the Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts as well as in Prague and Paris before enrolling in L´Academia di Belle Arti in Rome. She belonged to the generation of radical European artists who wished to expunge the boundaries between life and art, fighting against the artistic snobbery of the bourgeoisie, the political complacency of the masses, and the propaganda machinery of professional politicans. Róska was a painter, a photographer, a film director, an insurrectionist. She lived in Rome for the majority of her life.

SYMPOSIUM: Meine Herkunft habe ich mir selbst ausgedacht
Freitag, 9. September 2016, 14–19 Uhr
Wiener Secession, Vereinigung bildender KünstlerInnen
Friedrichstraße 12
1010 Wien

Was bewegt Künstlerinnen und Künstler dazu, sich wieder verstärkt Vorbildern zu zuwenden und wie offenbaren sich die damit einhergehenden Hommagen, Referenzen, Zitate und Aneignungen im jeweiligen Werk? Welche Kontinuitäten in Bezug auf das Schaffen einer Leitfigur, aber auch welche Brüche damit werden sichtbar?
Anlässlich von curated by_vienna 2016 organisiert die Wirtschaftsagentur Wien mit ihrem Kreativzentrum departure ein halbtägiges Symposium in der Wiener Secession, bei dem das diesjährige Thema  aus künstlerischer, theoretischer und kuratorischer Perspektive diskutiert wird.

Moderation: Diedrich Diederichsen


14.00 ­‑ 14.15
Elisabeth Noever-Ginthör (Wirtschaftsagentur Wien, Kreativzentrum departure)
Diedrich Diederichsen (Kuratorisches Konzept curated by_vienna 2016, Kulturwissenschaftler, Kritiker, Kurator, Autor und Hochschullehrer)

14.15 ­– 15.00
Panel 1: After Patriarchy
Alicia Agustín (Performerin, Autorin & Kuratorin, Berlin)
Æsa Sigurjonsdottir (Kuratorin, Paris & Reykjavik, curated by_vienna: Galerie Raum mit Licht)

15.00 ­– 15.45
Panel 2: Distant Relatives
Diana Campbell Betancourt (Kuratorin, Mumbai & Dakha, curated by_vienna: Krinzinger Projekte)
Chris Sharp (Kurator, Mexico City, curated by_vienna: Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder)

16.15 ­– 17.00
Panel 3: Studio Art and Bedroom Production
Michael Dreyer (Künstler, Professor Merz Akademie, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Kunst und Medien, Stuttgart)
Dirk Schönberger (Kreativdirektor adidas, Berlin, curated by_vienna: Galerie Crone Wien)

17.00 ­– 17.45
Panel 4: Body and Soul
Bojana Cvejic (Theoretikerin, Kuratorin & Hochschullehrerin, Brüssel)
Jacopo Crivelli Visconti (Kurator, São Paulo, curated by_vienna: Galerie Martin Janda)

18.15 ­– 19.00
Diedrich Diederichsen
Edit Sasvári (Kuratorin, Budapest, curated by_vienna: Knoll Galerie Wien)

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Marx Halle:
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19
A-1030 Vienna  

21 September 2016,  (by invitation only)
22 – 23 September 2016: 11 am–7 pm
24 – 25 September 2016: 11 am–6 pm

We are proud to  present Bernhard Hosa (AT)  at our booth
curated by_vienna at viennacontemporary
22 until 25 September 2016