Isa Rosenberger examines radical political changes and their social and economic consequences. The starting point of Rosenberger’s investigations is often ideologically charged architectural and monumental manifestations in urban space, for the reason that they reveal the changes in the prevailing orders of perception. Rosenberger documents places and conversations using photography and video. She combines these documentations with fictional contents, so that her works never remain merely in the field of theoretical debate. By juxtaposing subjective views and everyday biographies with the canonised representations of history, Rosenberger examines the construction of reality and the power of images related to it, in this way seeking to allow established stories to be newly reflected upon.
Isa Rosenberger (born 1969) lives and works in Vienna. Rosenberger studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. Her recent solo exhibitions include Espiral, Grazer Kunstverein, 2011; Edith Russ Site for Media Art, Oldenburg, 2009 and Secession, Vienna, 2008. Recent group exhibitions include It’s The Political Economy, Stupid, Pori Art Museum, 2013 and Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, 2012; Thessaloniki Centre of Contemporary Art, 2012; Appropriation of the Present – Exhibition of Works from the Collection, Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst GfzK, Leipzig, 2012; Second World, Galerija Nova, Zagreb, 2011; Triennale Linz 1.0, State Gallery Linz, 2010 and Eccentric Paths II, The Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga. In 2008 she received the Otto Mauer Prize for Fine Art.
Residents from Austria
Johannes Rochhausen constructs a fictional absence of worldly matters and turns the artist‘s studio, a special case of the classic interior, into the focal point of his work. Little is shown in the paintings, there is no narrative in the classical sense, but there is still a great feeling of suspense. Rochhausen does not toy with any kind of voyeurism, with the notion of gaining a look at hidden spheres. Instead, he composes highly elaborate structures, where colour and light, surface and space, object and atmosphere are the protagonists inhabiting the interior.
Johannes Rochhausen (born 1981, Leipzig) studied painting at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst (HGB), Leipzig, Germany. His work has recently been presented in group exhibitions at Instituto de Artes Gráficas de Oaxaca; Museum MARTA Herford; Museo Nacional de la Estampa, Mexico City; Kunsthaus Interlaken; Black Door Istanbul; Kunstmuseum Magdeburg; Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig; Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg; Drents Museum, Assen and Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn. His solo exhibitions include Galerie Leuenroth, Frankfurt; Schlechtriem Brothers, Berlin; Galerie Hafen Rand, Hamburg; HGB Galerie, Leipzig and Galerie Hübner, Frankfurt. Rochhausen’s work belongs to the following collections: Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, Museum am Dom, Würzburg and Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal.
Residents from Germany
Farah Atassi paints interiors associated with the industrial world from the 1930s to the beginning of the 1970s. Her paintings often include references to modernism in the form of objects located in the depicted space, things like models of industrial landscapes, children’s toys and furniture. The empty interiors are in sense inhabited by these objects whose status is equivocal in as much as they are artistic references, which are also evocative of workers’ lives. In some works they are installed, like the displays, or simply piled up. In others, they are tools that no longer fulfill their function.
Born (Brussels, 1981) to Syrian parents, Farah Atassi lives and works in Paris. She is one of the most well-know of a very young generation of French painters. Having graduated from the National School of Fine Arts in 2005, she is represented by Xippas Gallery, which presented her first solo show in 2011. She also had solo shows at galerie Edouard Manet, Gennevilliers and Les Eglises Art Center in Chelles. Her work is included in the collection of the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris and is currently on view in the exhibition Fruits of Passion. In 2011, she participated in the 6the Curitiba Biennale in Brazil and in the exhibitions 2000-2011 : Soudain, Déjà, curated by Guillaume Désanges, at Ensba, Paris and Pearls of the North, Palais d’Iéna, Paris. In 2010, She was included in the group exhibition Dynasty at the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Palais de Tokyo. In 2012, she was awarded the first Bredin-Prat Prize for contemporary art.