Chiara Fumai’s performative practice belongs to the tradition of female psychics. She freely (mis)interprets and combines the words of different controversial entities into new stories, questioning their symbolic meaning and representation. Her work engages radical feminism, media culture, language and repression. Fumai’s starting point is lecture-performances, which later evolves into installations, videos, collages, sound, embroidery and fictional documentation.
Chiara Fumai lives in Milan. She was the winner of the ninth edition of the Furla Art Award, 2013. Recent solo exhibitions include Der Hexenhammer, Museion, Bolzano, Italy, 2015; With Love from $inister, A Palazzo Gallery, Brescia, 2013; and I Did Not Say or Mean ‘Warning’, Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, 2013. Recent group exhibitions and performances have been presented at David Roberts Art Foundation, London, 2015; CA2M Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid, 2015; Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2014; De Appel Arts Center, Amsterdam, 2014; Nottingham Contemporary, 2014; Fiorucci Art Trust, London, 2014; MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, 2013; dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, 2012; Studio Voltaire, London, 2014; Nomas Foundation, Rome, 2011; and MACRO Testaccio, Rome, 2011.
Residents from Italy
Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler
Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler’s collaborative work is defined by a discursive engagement with form and media. Their work culminates in artistic reflections on our entanglement as individuals in contemporary socioeconomic circumstances. They combine theory and post-disciplinary conversation with digital and physical environments, installations, videos, performances, objects, texts and sound, to explore the derivative condition of contemporary social relations and its financial/economic models, narratives, and processes.
Sylvia Eckermann and Gerald Nestler have been collaborating since the mid-2000s. The have had exhibitions and projects at MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, 2016; International Symposium on Electronic Art, Hong Kong, 2016; University Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong, 2015; Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, 2015; Kunstraum Innsbruck, Austria, 2013; Kunstraum BERNSTEINER, Vienna, 2012; Austrian Pavilion, EXPO 2010, Shanghai;
4zero Space, Hangzhou, 2010; MKL/Kunsthaus Graz, 2009; Babu Gallery, Shenzhen, 2009; Anni Gallery, Beijing, 2009; Museum Stein, Krems, 2008; Museum Arbeitswelt Steyr, Austria, 2007; Center for Architecture, Innsbruck, 2006; Medi@terra Festival, Athens, 2006; The University of Applied Arts Vienna, 2005; Beijing Cubic Art Center, 2005. They are currently working on the project The Future of Demonstration. Art in the Post-Digital Era, planned for 2017-2018 in Vienna with Maximilian Thoman.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from Austria
Claire Paterson’s current practice involves working with models and other artists in a collaborative myth-making process. Paterson hosts experimental photo sessions, where models are provided with a collection of various costumes, sculpture, and installation elements. They pick out items that appeal to them most, before starting to generate spontaneous poses. Other artists are invited to contribute elements, installations and objects to the modeling sessions, incorporating their own art into the process.
Claire Paterson is a contemporary painter and graduate of the Glasgow School of Art. After she graduated, she used a British Airways Travel Bursary to fund a trip around California, New Mexico, Mexico, Arizona and Texas, to do research on the iconography of various religious groups in these states. Paterson has also spent time collaborating with other artists at the Cornaro Institute, Cyprus.