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Nevin Aladag
born 1972 in Van, Turkey, lives and works in Berlin.
Born in Turkey, from the second year of life living in Germany, where in 2000 she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. She has won George Maciunas Prize (2004) and Gasag Prize for emerging artists (2007). As an Artist in residence, she travelled to Tbilisi and Copenhagen (2007) and Künstler-häuser (Artist Residences) Worpswede (2008). Her installation art, video works, photos and performance art are shown at numerous solo as well as group exhibitions around the world. Aladag’s works are following the style of documentary poetics, where nothing is ”said,” but a lot is “shown.” She often focuses on the topics of alienation and selfdetermination since these constitute the experiences of young people of Turkish origin living in Germany.

 


Josef Dabernig
born 1956 in Kötschach-Mauthen, Austria, lives and works in Vienna.
In the years 1975–1983, he studied at the University of Fine Arts in Vienna. Until the 1990s, the artist primarily created subject-textual works, then he started preserving images by means of a photo camera and a video camera (since 1994), through which a new iconography and new language representations were created. He is primarily known as the creator of black and white movies, and the author of the great raster (screen) structure. In his work, the author is looking for places which are abandoned, forlorn, and if he does not find them, he creates them himself through the proper disposal of funds/opportunities, which are supplied by the media used by him: film, video, photography, pencil and a blank paper sheet. In his films, he often investigates the subjects of borders, the inability to separate text from context, what is in the frame and what is outside of it, as well as the artistic activity and everyday life. (Source: www.swiatobrazu.pl)

 


Andreas Fogarasi
born 1977 in Vienna, Austria, lives and works in Vienna.
He studied architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In the years 1997–1999, he was the organizer and co-creator of the Freie Klasse. In 2003, he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 2001, he was the co-editor of the magazine ‘dérive – Magazine for Urban Studies.’ He participated in many important exhibitions of contemporary art, such as the 52nd Venice Biennale, where he received the Golden Lion (2007), Manifesta 4 (Frankfurt/Main) and VI International Biennale in Armenia. He deals with installations, video works and painting. In his works, he examines how an entity or a phenomenon of culture can become an image, a brand. The spatial interventions, facilities, research and analysis of architectural typography make it possible for him to explore the roots and development of communication pattern-designing, a powerful factor in today’s capitalist and political economy.

 


Assaf Gruber
born 1980 in Jerusalem, Israel, lives and works in Paris and Tel Aviv.
A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris (2008), where he worked under the direction of Jean-Marc Bustamante and Richard Deacon. Along with a diploma, he won the prestigious first prize of the Society of Fine Arts in Paris (Les amis des beaux-arts de Paris). He is the laureate of the Higher Institute for Fine Arts HISK in Ghent (2009–2010). His works are in numerous public and private collections in Europe and are displayed at various locations in New York, Paris, Lyon, Berlin, Vienna, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Verona, Dresden, Ghent, and Sarajevo. He was resident in Saint Ouen, Vlissingen, Buenos Aires. Through his sculptures, installations, photography and video work, he has developed an individual approach to aesthetics and to production of values of intercultural communication. His works are an analysis of the conflicts of modern civilization, an attempt to understand the sense of the absurd, which Gruber finds in the physicality and intensity of human activities.

 


Vlatka Horvat
born 1974 in Čakovec (Croatia), lives and works in the UK.
She is a graduate of the Columbia College Chicago (BA, 1996), Northwestern University in Evanston, USA (MA, 1997), and the University of Roehampton in London (PhD, 2009). She works across a range of forms and media, including installation, sculpture, photography, performance art, video and works on paper. Her recent work concerns the place of humans in the universe and the human body’s relationship with everyday objects, landscape, and the built environment. Horvat is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Art grant award (New York, 2010).

 


Franz Kapfer
born 1971 in Fürstenfeld, Austria, lives and works in Vienna.
Kapfer studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He deals with photography, video works and sculpture. His artistic practice is based on performativity, which refers to the tradition of performance art, as well as the body art of the 70s. Assuming mythological or historical roles, Kapfer explores the patterns that shape our imagination and perception of the world. Fertility, sexuality, love, family, fatherhood, but also a social, historical and political critique all constitute a great repertoire of themes and a range of issues that arise in Kapfer’s artistic works.

 


Aleksander Komarov
born 1971 in Grodno, Belarus, lives and works in Rotterdam and Berlin.
Graduated from A. K. Glebov School of Art and Design in Minsk, then studied painting and installations at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan. In 1998, he moved to Amsterdam, where from 1998 to 2000 he attended the Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten. In 2005, he made  his first 16mm short film, “See you in Disneyland”, in 2007 first film in HD, “On Translation Transparency / Architecture acoustique”, which was featured at the 10th International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also a writer and publicist. In his realizations, he combines various means of artistic expression: video, installation, book arts. Freely constructed installations often fall within the context of the place in which they arise.

 


Svätopluk Mikyta
born 1973, Čadca, former Czechoslovakia, lives and works in Bratislava.
He belongs to the first generation of post-revolutionary students who fully benefited from the opportunities to study abroad after 1989. In the years 1995–1997, he studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart in “Freie Grafik und Malerei” Studio under Prof. Wolfgang Gäfgen. In 1999–2000, he participated in additional classes in ceramics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava. In 2000-2001, he received a scholarship from the DAAD-one-year-creative-scholarship at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin in the atelier of Professor Bernd Koberling. Since 2003, he is an associate professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (Department of Visual Communication and from 2007 the Division of Drawing). In 2008, he received an Oscar Cepan Award and Tatransky Tiger Award. Since 2009, in cooperation with European partners, he is organizing workshops and creative stays for residential artists. Mikyta’s works refer to the iconography of socialist political mass movements and the nationalist and religious symbols of Eastern Europe. They are usually cyclical multiplanar works, which contain a large number of references to history. Simultaneously, through their timelessness, they perfectly correspond with the present day and the current social problems. (Source: www.swiatobrazu.pl)

 


Paulina Ołowska
born 1976 in Gdansk, Poland, lives in Raba Niżna, works in New York.
Specializes in painting, photography, makes videos, is the author of many campaigns and projects, in which she often combines the purely artistic means of expression with elements of applied art. In 1995-96, she studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). In the years 1997–2000, she studied painting and graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. Visiting student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague (1988), Centro de Art Visual Communication (Arco) in Lisbon (1998/1999), Center for Contemporary Art in Kitakyushu (1999 /2000) and Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2001/2002). Ołowska’s work is characterized by a fusion of arts. The artist eagerly makes use of various techniques such as painting, collages, installations, performance art, fashion, and music, all of which allow her to obtain an exceptionally broad range of artistic experiences. (Source: www.culture.pl)

 


Agnieszka Polska

born 1985 in Lublin, Poland, lives and works in Krakow and Berlin.
Visual artist, in her work she uses animation, video and photography. In 2004-2005, she studied at the Faculty of Arts, Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin; then 2005-2010, at the Faculty of Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. From 2008 to 2009, she also studied at the Berlin University of the Arts (class of Hito Steyerl). Her works were shown, among others, at the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw or Berlin’s KW Institute for Contemporary Art. Her art is largely based on previously found material, such as archival photographs of illustrations, on which she performs subtle alterations, animates them, or interferes in some other way in order to give them a new context. (Source: www.culture.pl)

 


Maria Ritter
born 1899, died 1976 in Nowy Sącz, Poland, lived and worked in Nowy Sącz.
Called the Priestess of art from the Nowy Sącz area. In Krakow, she studied scientific philosophy and art history at the Jagiellonian University and easel painting under Wojciech Weiss, graphics under Jan Wojnarski, sculpture under Xawery Dunikowski and wall art under Jan Hopliński at the Academy of Fine Arts. Was also educated in France and Italy. Connected mainly with Nowy Sacz, where she organized a branch of The Association of Polish Artists and Designers and together with it, she launched the opening of Art Exhibition Office in the building at 34 Jagiellonian Street. Initiated the establishment of the „Group of Four” with Mieczyslaw Bogaczyk, Jan Dzieślewski and Stanislaw Szafran. She is the author of hundreds of images and miniatures and a creator of graphics, collages and sculptures. She also dealt with polychromy and conservation of works of art in the sacred buildings in southern Poland. (Source: www.muzeum.sacz.pl)

 


Bruno Schulz
born 1892, died 1942 in Drohobych (present-day Ukraine), lived and worked in Drohobych.
Polish writer, graphic artist, painter, drawer and literary critic of Jewish origin. He studied architecture in Lviv and specialized in lithography and drawing. For most of his life, he remained in his hometown, where he earned his living as a teacher of drawing in a Gymnasium. He managed to publish two books – collections of short stories: “The Street of Crocodiles” (1933) and “Sanatorium Under the Sign of Hourglass” (1936), to which he has prepared his own pictorial illustrations. In addition to the literature, Schulz successfully practiced visual arts. Using the rare graphic technique of Cliché Verre, he produced, among others, a series of prints that focused on the subject of sadomasochism, amassed in a portfolio entitled „The Book of Idolatry” (c. 1920). He also prepared the illustrations for the first edition of the book ”Ferdydurke” (1938) by Witold Gombrowicz. He left behind several hundred additional drawings created for a variety of purposes and thus ranging widely in nature. Some of these are pencil studies and sketches for prints or works embodying the themes evident in his prose (the largest collection of these, consisting of more than three hundred items, is in the possession of The Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature in Warsaw). (Source: www.magazyn.culture.pl)

 

 

Slavs and Tatars
artistic collective founded in 2005 by an American, a Belgian, an Iranian and a Pole, lives and works in Eurasia
Slavs and Tatars collective carries out research into the culture of national minorities of the countries found between the former Berlin Wall and the Great Wall of China, focusing on the sphere of influence among the Slavs, the peoples of the Caucasus and Central Asia. Their books and installations result from unusual and reliable exploration combining graphics, pop culture, urban legends, personal experience, postcolonial studies and the arts. The collective’s latest book refers to the complexity of identity, language, history and geo-political experiences in the Caucasus. Their objective is also to preserve the romantic, forgotten realm of being subject to the interaction between the Slavs, the inhabitants of the Caucasus and Central Asia. Their realizations are shown widely and are part of the MoMA collection in New York. In 2008 and 2009, they were laureates of The Fernand Baudin Prize (Brussels). In 2008, the collective has won Grand Prix of the Brno Bienniale 2008, The Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic Award.

 

 

Sofie Thorsen

born 1971 in Århus, Denmark, lives and works in Vienna.
In 2001, she graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and The Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 1999, she lives and works in Vienna, and participates in international exhibitions – both in group and individually. From 2005 to 2009, she was the lecturer of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Her work focuses on modern and contemporary stories about architecture and urban space, with a particular emphasis on the photographic and graphic documentation of the built environment. In her works, the rural and urban areas of space are understood as places where the development of society becomes obvious and clear. Sofie Thorsen works at the interface between art and sociology. In her work, a huge role is played by observation, research and documentation. She films, takes photographs, interviews the inhabitants of selected districts and neighborhoods – her projects often talk about the architecture in the social dimension, about its function and structure. For several years, she has presented her projects in the form of slide projections with commentaries as well as retail interior design drawings. Her projects often take the form of a “directory” of the elements building the investigated spaces. (Source www.csw.art.pl)

 
 
 



FUNDUSZE EUROPEJSKIE DLA MAŁOPOLSKI.

Cykl GALICJA. TOPOGRAFIE MITU realizowany w ramach projektu pn.
„Sztuka współczesna narodów dawnej monarchii austrowęgierskiej”. Projekt jest współfinansowany
przez Unię Europejską? w ramach Małopolskiego Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego na lata 2007-2013.