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
Laura Horelli’s video installations address subjects related to memory, loss and identity. The narrative is often personal, but includes an analytical and expansive dimension. Central to the work is the absence / presence of Horelli’s mother, who died in 1987. Multiple perspectives are created by the use of various literary sources: extracts from diaries, letters, interviews and the artist’s own recollections. Often there is interplay between voice-over and family photographs. Other pieces have appropriated TV-footage of a children’s cooking program, Super 8 film recordings of places in Berlin and Los Angeles or taped testimonies. Through the act of looking closely, the artist attempts to create something else from the existing material.
Laura Horelli (born 1976, Helsinki) lives and works in Berlin. She graduated from Städelschule, Frankfurt and the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki in 2001. Horelli’s work has been exhibited internationally at the 49th and 53rd Venice Biennales; Manifesta 5, San Sebastian; Gwanju Biennale; Kiasma, Helsinki; n.b.k., Berlin; Ludlow38, New York; Kunsthaus Bregenz; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Gasworks, London; Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck and Goethe-Institut Nairobi. Horelli was a visiting professor at the University of Fine Arts, Berlin in 2007. In 2011 she received The Hanna Höch Prize for Young Artists from the City of Berlin. She was recently awarded a 5-year working grant from the Arts Council of Finland. Horelli is represented by Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin.
Residents from Finland
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.