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
Asae Soya works interdisciplinarily with painting, installation and video installation. Among her main series of works are an oil-painting series that depicts familiar daily objects, such as a bathtub, water drop and airport; an installation series that visualizes scenes in which colors create a sense of sound; and a video-installation series that projects an animated film pervading the entire space with images of the forest of colors. Those series, which are focused on the idea of perceiving the world, are all filled with vibrant colors and light, while also possessing a dynamic sensation and subtlety that can awaken not only just viewers’ visual senses but also their physical sensations.
Asae Soya received her doctorate in painting from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2006. Her awards include the First Prize in Vision of Contemporary Art, 2002 and the SHELL ART AWARD, 2002. Her recent solo exhibitions include sora-iro, Art Tower Mito, 2013; Float, Nishimura Gallery, 2011; Swim, Obuse Museum, 2011 and Ringing, Shiseido Gallery, 2010. Her group exhibitions include shows at Fuchu Art Museum, Art Tower Mito, Sezon Museum of Modern Art, and PYO Gallery, Beijing. Soya has major public works in the Sankei Building, Totsuka Ward Office, Art Tower Mito, Takamatsu City Museum of Art, and Tokyo Station Gallery. In 2013, Soya’s collection of works Asae Soya: sora-iro (color of the air) was published by Seigensha Art Publishing.
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Residents from Japan
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.