In her installations, Sonia Leimer explores our perceptual foundations, which are formed on the basis of individual, historical, and media-related patterns of experience. As products of concrete historical contexts, rooms and objects undergo a transformation in which history and societal changes become palpable.
Sonia Leimer lives and works in Vienna. She studied architecture at the Technical University of Vienna and the Academy of Fine Art Vienna. From 2007 to 2012, she hosted a radio titled City and the Image. She taught at the Academy for Art and Photography together with Martin Guttmann from 2012–2016. Leimer exhibited her work internationally at Leopold Museum, Vienna; Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna; Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen; Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich; Los Angeles Museum of Art; 5th Moscow Biennial; artothek, Cologne; Museion – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bozen, Italy; MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; Kunstverein Basis, Frankfurt; BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna; Salzburger Kunstverein; and Manifesta 7, Rovereto.
Residents from Italy
Pekka & Teija Isorättyä
Artist duo Pekka & Teija Isorättyä work together with a variety of media, producing mainly kinetic and electromechanical sculptures. The Isorättyä’s artwork reflects the problematic and close relationship between man and machine. They use found materials, sometimes inspired by the people they meet, such as medical equipment, solar panels, tuna or pig skin, to bring attention to the environment around us. In their work, they investigate how to convey human values and concepts through the machines.
Pekka & Teija Isorättyä (both born 1980, Finland) met in kindergarten. They studied art together at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and completed their MA in 2010. Pekka & Teija Isorättyä started their career in Mexico City with an exhibition at Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual in 2008. They have exhibited in other spaces in Mexico including Anahuacalli Museum, Polyforum Cultural Siqueiros and Museo de la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público. In 2010, the Isorättyä’s founded the art space Invalid Robot Factory in Berlin. From 2013-2015, they travelled to Japan, Mexico, and the Baltic region in a sailboat.
Residents from Finland
Betty Yu is an interdisciplinary artist who uses multimedia platforms to tell the stories of marginalized, underrepresented and underserved people. Her creative work is influenced by her direct experience as a daughter raised by immigrant garment worker parents. In her artwork, Yu approaches social issues through personal stories, family narrative and community history. Her work has explored issues ranging from labor rights, immigrant justice, militarism and housing equity. In the past several years, Yu’s art projects and installations have allowed her to engage with directly impacted communities through onsite installations, projections, participatory workshops and media production.
Betty Yu is an interdisciplinary artist, filmmaker, educator and activist. She co-founded the Chinatown Art Brigade, a cultural collective telling anti-gentrification stories of Chinatown tenants through public projections. She holds a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College. Yu’s multi-media installation, The Garment Worker was featured at Tribeca Film Institute’s Interactive. She co-created Monument to Anti-Displacement Organizing, which was on view at the Agitprop! group show at Brooklyn Museum. Yu is a 2016 A Blade of Grass Fellow for Socially Engaged Art and received the 2016 SOAPBOX Artist Award from the Laundromat Project. She has received funding for her projects from foundations including the Paul Robeson Fund, Brooklyn Arts Council, and Art Matters.