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 Austria
Derek Dunlop’s work questions the process of subject formation and the tradition of art making. His research has focused on the political, ethical, and philosophical conditions for contemporary abstraction through the mediums of painting and drawing. More recently, he has been developing sculptures and installations of “table works.” Using the affective vitality of found objects as a starting point, the new series of works are created to think through the creative agency of things. Evolving from very specific landscapes, this work is concerned with the way in which the present is continually haunted by the past.
Derek Dunlop completed his MFA at the University of British Columbia and will be pursuing his PhD in Art History at the University of Toronto in 2017. Dunlop was a participant of the inaugural Open Sessions program at The Drawing Center, and partook in the thematic residency Are We Looking at Dead Birds? at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the B.C. Binning Memorial Fellowship and the Andrew MacIntosh Memorial Book Prize in Fine Arts. Dunlop’s work has been presented in art spaces throughout North America including UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, and Artspeak, Vancouver.
Residents from Canada
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.