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.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from Austria
Gian Maria Tosatti
Gian Maria Tosatti creates environmental installations. His projects are usually long-term investigations of topics related to identity. Tosatti focuses on exploring the idea of cities as analogies of their inhabitants’ soul. He is currently developing a project in New York City called I’ve already been here, reflecting on the value of a single human life in this moment of history.
Gian Maria Tosatti (born Rome, 1980) began his career in performing arts in 2002 at Teatro Era-Centro Sperimentazione e Ricerca Teatrale. In 2005, he undertook research at the confluence of architecture and visual arts, which has since inspired all his subsequent site-specific installations. Tosatti is working on two projects, Fondamenta, based on the identification of contemporary age archetypes and Le considerazioni…, dedicated to the enigmas of personal memories and the traces that humans leave behind. His work has been shown at the Hessel Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art Donna Regina, Naples; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna, Rome; American Academy in Rome; and Museo Villa Croce, Genoa.
Residents from Italy
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.