In his research-based practice, Mathias Pöschl seeks to investigate the relation of visual culture and political agenda, generating ensembles of works by juxtaposing representations of historical incidences and realities in a wide range of media and materials. In an effort to hint at new insights into the basic conditions of what it means for a work of art to be called political, Pöschl tries to exploit the cognitive potential of contradictions and misreadings, employing dialectic approaches to arrive at, or suggest, new narratives.
Mathias Pöschl (born 1981, Vienna, Austria) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2008. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at institutions, galleries and art fairs including Leopold Museum, Vienna; 21er Haus – Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Vienna; The Armory Show, New York; Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna; Sotheby’s, Vienna; Galleri Ping-Pong, Malmö; Frieze, London; Nya Perspectives, Västerås; Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna; as well as in various self-organized shows in temporary exhibition spaces around Austria.
Residents from Austria
André Hemer’s practice pursues a new mode of representation in painting, whereby image and form are transacted back and forth between materialised and de-materialised states. In doing so, Hemer’s paintings literally re-present the contemporary experience of digital media through the traditional painting object, revealing the most basic changes to our phenomenological experience of the contemporary world.
André Hemer’s work has been exhibited at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; Yavuz Gallery, Singapore; Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London; Tristian Koenig Gallery, Melbourne; Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; and Münchner Stadtmuseum, Germany. In 2016 he was awarded a New Generation Award by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, and was the winner of the Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award. He has been included in major publications such as 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson, London, and Art and the Internet, Black Dog Publishing, London. In 2016 Hemer was invited to edit the publication Painting Regarding the Present, published by Naives and Visionaries, Berlin. He is based in Vienna, Austria.
Residents from New Zealand
Anna Nykyri works with moving images in the fields of film industry, contemporary dance and visual arts. She uses film, video and archive footage to create documentary films and cinematic video installations. Her artistic works explore political and corporeal themes, including questions related to gender, power and control. Her cinematic installations strive to become choreographic environments. Nykyri often collaborates with contemporary dancers.
Anna Nykyri (born 1981) is a visual artist and a documentary film director. She received her MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. Nykyri’s cinematic works have been internationally screened in various museums, galleries and film festivals, including Moscow International Biennale for Young Art; Kiasma – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki; Parkingallery, Tehran; and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, Toronto, where Nykyri’s short film Five Fragments of the Extinct Empathy won the Best Short Film Award in 2012. Nykyri has collaborated with several NGO’s, such as Amnesty International, UN Women and Pink Ribbon, Inc.