Past Resident2015: Hasselblad Foundation
Lotta Törnroth combines image and text to explore her curiosity towards the sea and the contradictory feeling of simultaneous calmness and restlessness that catches her whenever she is close to the water. The starting point in her works is always in some way true, historical or mythical. Realities are layered upon each other through people she meets and words she reads, until a carefully crafted story is selected and there is no truth left. She examines everything as through a self-portrait, realizing that her works speak more of her own self than about the subject. In this way, even though she often does not use her own words to tell her story, it is still hers.
Lotta Törnroth (born 1981, Stockholm, Sweden) completed her Master of Arts at the Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland and her Bachelor degree from the University of Gothenburg School of Photography, Sweden. She has received grants and has participated in exhibitions and photo festivals in Sweden, Denmark and Finland. In May 2014 she won the Victor Fellowship from Hasselblad Foundation. This year she will release her artist book To Wait For the Inevitable: Narratives From the Sea.
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Residents from Sweden
Past Resident2015: Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport of Austria
Anna Jermolaewa works primarily in the mediums of photography, video, and installation. Her main interest is the analysis of functional structures of society and social systems in everyday life. She continually focuses on the basic conditions of human existence and the nature of man, capturing the relationship between the individual and the masses, freedom and restriction, power and powerlessness, (especially around relationships and networks of hegemonic structures). Her photographs and videos provide information about a world of failure, through conscious and unconscious fears, desires, and passions. The result is a reflection on individual and collective historical consciousness in the form of images that remain in the viewers’ mind. Through the visual telling of history and stories, she attempts to create places of remembrance.
Anna Jermolaewa was born in 1970 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and is currently based in Vienna. In 1998 she graduated in Art History at the University of Vienna and in 2002 the New Media class of Peter Kogler at the Vienna Art Academy. She was a Professor for Media Art at the University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany from 2005-2011. She also had solo exhibtions in the Victoria Art Gallery, Samara (2013); Camera Austria, Graz (2012); Kunsthalle Krems (2012); Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia (2011); Kunstverein Friedrichshafen (2009); XL Gallery Moscow (2008); and Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau (2004). Her works are part of various collections including the Stedelijk Museum, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, MUMOK-Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Volpinum Kunstsammlung, Museum Startgalerie Artothek, Vienna, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Vehbi Koc Foundation, Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and Belvedere.
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Residents from Austria
Past Resident2014: Anonymous
Alexander Tovborg is known for his ability to tell a story through his work. Weaving abstract and expressive elements with figurative imagery, Tovborg uses painting, drawing, sculpture and performance to produce compelling works that engage the spectator. At the crux of Tovborg’s artistic practice is the ability to draw on elements from the past to draw attention to who we are as human beings today. Taking inspiration from mythological stories, religion, and natural and social history, Tovborg explores complex metaphysical issues such as female and male archetypes, the division between the real and imaginary worlds, as well as ideas of love and hierarchy. As a result of Tovborg’s intentions towards these issues, there is a spiritual quality that emanates from his work.
Alexander Tovborg (born 1983) studied at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe and graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He is represented by Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York.