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Mirosław Bałka
1958 born in Warsaw, Poland
1985 Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw
lives and works in Warsaw
One of the most prominent Polish sculptors and video installation artists. His works appear in major international art collections, including: Hishhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington), Tate (London), Museet for Samtidskunst (Oslo), Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles), Kaiser Wilhelm Museum (Krefeld), Museum of Modern Art (New York), Museum of Art (Lodz). The body, memory, transience, creating a private mythology are the most important threads of Miroslaw Balka’s creativity, which can be found even in his earliest projects. All their signs, codes, references to sources in the biography of the artist, make his works become fully legible.

 


Michael Blum
1966 born in Jerusalem, Israel
1988 University of Paris Pantheon-Sorbonne, France
1992 Ecole Nationale de la Photographie, Arles, France
lives and works in Vienna and Montreal
Michael Blum is an artist expressing his art through various media; from photography, through video, written texts, installations, to printing. After studying history and photographs, devoted himself primarily to his passion for film, installations and writing. In his work, he rediscovers, but with a hint of criticism, works of culture and history. His recent projects include A Tribute to Safiya Behar– a museum dedicated to the secret lover of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (9th Istanbul Biennial, 2005).

 


Damir Nikšić
1970 born in Bosnia and Hercegovina
1995 Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, Department of Painting
lives and works in Bosnia and Hercegovina
Damir Nikšić is an artist who comes from Sarajevo. His video works and installations are often dedicated to orientalism in cultural and incultural psychology. He is a member and founder of MAXUMIM artistic group of young artists from Sarajevo. Their visual creative expression is recognized by the context of the contemporary art. The most famous artworks of Damir Nikšić is video film “If I was not Muslim”, a 7-minute video piece cre-ated in 2005.

 


BOOT_audiovisual
Pavel Mrkus
1970 born in Melnik, Czech Republic
1995 Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague
1991 Polytechnic University, Stoke-on-Trent, England
1999 Faculty of Theology, Charles University, Prague

 

Daniel Hanzlík
1970 born in Teplice, Czech Republic
1995 Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague
2008 founded in Prague

 

BOOT_audiovisual is an artistic duo consisting of: Pavel Mrkus and Daniel Hanzlík. This group specializes in audiovisual performances with electronic music and digital art. BOOT_audiovisual implements its audiovisual and interactive projects most often in public spaces. Their projects are based on different physical and virtual parameters of the environment allowing for its different interpretations.

 


Vlasta Delimar
1956 born in Zagreb
1977 The School of Applied Arts in Zagreb
lives and works in Zagreb
The Croatian artist Vlasta Delimar stepped onto the art scene at the end of the 1970s. She mainly focuses on performances and photography, but also uses installation art and video. She began her artistic work in a circle of artists from Group of six. From the beginning, her art practice follows, or folds over her life story. As the main content and media of activity she uses her body. By researching herself, her body and personal experience, her work deals with gender, identity, sexuality, communication and mutual relations issues through which it is placed into the broader social context. Vlasta Delimar’s work is marked by the presence of the corporeality and the erotica, directness and sincerity; it is provocative and confrontational, as well as realistic and full of life. So far, it has been shown at numerous solo and group exhibitions. Since 1972, she held over 30 performances around the world (Glasgow, Pittsburgh, Klagenfurt, London, Sarajevo, Belgrad, Zagreb, Graz, Triest, Celje, Lyon, Quebec, Kyoto, Buffalo, Ljubljana). From 2006, she’s an art manager of the art organization “My land”, Štaglinec and organizes international meetings for artists.

 


Harun Farocki
1944 born in Novy Jicin
1968 German Film and Television Academy West Berlin
lives and works in Germany
Harun Farocki is, above all, a film producer. He has created feature, compilation, assembly and documentary films carried out as in the form of direct cinema, but he has also shot film essays. For many years, he has been an important artist involved in video-art. All this makes him an extremely interesting person in the world of documentary film. Farocki developed his own form exceeding the limits of cinema and literature. He breaks the style of classical document using his poetic accent, creating a multi-layered audiovisual landscape. An artist, however, should not only be limited to film. That is why he is also active as a journalist, co-founder of “Filmkritik”, a German magazine, media theorist, archivist, and author of installations. All the above makes him such an intriguing and extremely interesting artist.

 


Martin Polák and Lukáš Jasanský
Martin Polák
1966 born in Prague
1992 Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

 

Lukáš Jasanský
1965 born in Prague
1992 Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

 

Martin Polák and Lukáš Jasanský form a photographic duo and have been active since the late 1980s. Their goal is to create graphic cycles freely documentary in nature, but having every fact embedded in a variety of conceptual frameworks. This artistic duo intentionally ignores procedures, criteria and values common for the photo code and tries to capture photos without following any guidelines. According to them, a picture is to serve the creator and be a conceptual tool for “distortion” in order to determine the boundaries between reality and illusion easier.

 


Šejla Kamerić
1976 born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
1996 Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo
lives and works in Sarajevo and Berlin
Šejla Kamerić is a Bosnian artist belonging to a circle of young Balkan artists expressing dramatic wartime experiences in their works. In her works, she utilizes her own experience, i.e. growing up during the war. This biographical fact greatly determines her attitude to understanding and practicing art. Observation of specific individual and historical conditions drew her attention to the search of a strategy which could connect the seemingly unconnected images of social reality by placing them in clear symbols. Šejla Kamerić is aware of the possibilities of art, enabling creation of a comprehensive picture from seemingly small parts.

 


Szabolcs KissPál
1967 born in Budapest
2007 DLA doctorate, Budapest
1997–98 Academy Of Fine Arts Budapest (postgradual) Dpt of Intermedia
1993–94 Academy Of Fine Arts Budapest (postgradual) Dpt of Painting
1992 Academy of Visual Arts Cluj, Romania – master’s
1986–1992 Academy of Visual Arts Cluj, Romania
lives and works in Budapest
Szabolcs KissPál, in his multidimensional artistic activity, utilizes a wide range of media, including photography, video, installations and conceptual intervention. Navigating among the intersection of new media and visual arts, KissPál focuses on social and political issues both in Hungary and globally in the scope of modern society. His works have been widely shown internationally in Europe, Asia and the United States.

 


Zdena Kolečková
born in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic
1988-1994 J.E.Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem
1993-1996 Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague
lives and works in Usti nad Labem
Zdena Kolečková is an artist whose entire work is focused on visualization of the place where she was born and where she lives and works. As she says, apparently she is under the influence of „some strange obsession with” being fascinated by unencouraging the social landscape hovering above the town of Ústí nad Labem. Her work is characterized by systematic long-term studies similar to the sociological and historical research. Exploring the very complex historical events concerning the resettlement of Germans living in Sudetenland, she goes through private archives, looking for sources of decaying architecture, and in the tombs – a kind of extraction from the urban underground. It is one of the few contemporary Czech artists engaged in almost obsessive work focusing around the “forbidden territory” of social and political interests.


Jiřĺ Kovanda
1953 born in Prague
lives and works in Czech Republic
He is one of the most important conceptual artists on the Czech art scene. He belongs to the second generation of Czech “actionism”, making a name for himself in the late 1970s. He is known for his minimalist action-interventions, which are often so subtle that almost imperceptible, called poetic with some romantic features. Such connection of simplicity and asymmetry in his artistic interventions allows forcapturing individuality and reality of an individual person from among society. In 1970s, he opposed many traumatic and politically-oriented performances. Today, he is active again in the creation of installations, paintings and performances, still discrect and poetic, with which he seeks to find beauty in everyday life, and to plan space where a human being can actually exist.

 


Michal Moravčik
1974 born in Bratislava
1998 Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava
lives and works in Bratislava
In his artistic work, Michal Moravčík uses and processes the so-called, socialist aesthetics in order to find a new role for it in the revised social context. He paraphrases, and to some extent reconstructs socialist pop culture, by manipulating objects from the period of socialist realism. Moravčík’s installations and environment have a political coloration of emotional and nostalgic time he examines, among others, the phenomenon of social equality, nationalism, and extraterritoriality in Central Europe, and in relation to the political hegemony – in the global context. In search of different interpretations of the open society, the artist focuses on social relations and interactions between the active space and the visitors creating a new context for art.

 


Slaven Tolj
1964 born in Dubrovnik
1987 Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo
lives and works in Dubrovnik
Throughout his whole artistic and curatorial career, Slaven Tolj has lived and worked in his place of birth, Dubrovnik. It was mainly Yugoslavian, now Croatian, independent scene of the 1970s and 1980s, which had significant influence on his artistic views. In particular, these were artists presenting neoconceptual and performer trends. In his artistic activities Slaven Tolj tackles the issue of merging the artistic object with a given social context.Since 1988, he has been a leader of Lazareti art workshops organised in Dubrovnik both by local and foreign artists. Various exhibitions, performances, dance and theatrical performances, video and film screenings are organised within these workshops. Slaven Tolj is also an organizer of “Karenta” festivals of dramatic art.

 


Mona Vatamanu & Florin Tudor
Mona Vatamanu
1968 born in Constanta

Florin Tudor
1974 born in Geneva
lives and works in Bucharest
Mona Vatamanu and Florin Tudor have been cooperating together since 2000. Their artistic practice involves various media, including film, photography, painting, performances and special projects. Many projects created by this arthistic duo rely on their deep interest in architecture as a repository of both individual and collective memory as a sign of communist power. In their work, they have long been consistently looking for traces of defunct modernism and observe changes in modern cities, focusing primarily on Bucharest, where they live.

 

 

Nives Widauer

1965 born in Bazylea
1986 University of Basel, History of Art
lives and works in Vienna
For many years Nives Widauer has dealt with two different areas of art which mutually influenced her work and projects. On the one hand, she was involved in opera and theatre. She designed multimedia scenography. Since then it has become an integral part of her job. On the other hand, since the beginning of 1990, she began creating single-channel films, video installations, paper objects, and also photographic works. In both cases she consistently explores transitions between art, literature and art on stage. She investigates such parameters as language and image, text and animation, time and space. In this way she deliberately blurs the boundaries between the genres of art, as in a set of video works, where she investigates the relationship between writing and visualization.

 
 
 



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.