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.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from Austria
Jae Hoon Lee
In assembling an image bank that references Jae Hoon Lee’s experience as a cultural wanderer, Lee has mainly been collecting source materials in India, Nepal, Egypt, Indonesia, Antarctica and other countries he has recently visited. His daily collecting habit has so far expanded to include elements such as leaves, urban scenes, daily objects and banal accidents – random situations and happenings on the street. Lee then digitally manipulates some of these images, layering multiple single images that have been taken over a long time to create a single almost seamless new image. What at first glance looks like a still photograph, documenting a single instance, in fact contains the traces of multiple instances and views. In this way Lee’s images combine reality and dreams, bringing together the photorealist documentary tradition and the fictional possibilities of new technologies. His images collapse time and space in much the same way digital technology increasingly dominates and manipulates our understandings of the world around us.
Jae Hoon Lee (born 1973) studied sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute, graduating with a BFA. In 1998, He immigrated to New Zealand and completed an MFA in Intermedia art at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland. Lee was awarded the Antarctica New Zealand Arts Fellowship, allowing him to live and work at the Scott base camp in January 2012. Recently, Lee’s work has been internationally exhibited in Korea, China and Australia.
Residents from New Zealand
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.