Irgin Sena works with consideration of time as a space and as a zone. The voids, the gaps in between, the seemingly unimportant, or the things that fail are what he pays attention to. While thinking about time, Sena also considers the effectiveness of the delay. He is interested in the duration of transitions and moments of in(activity). The idea of creating a score, a track and a timeline for the work, as one would do in music, has occupied him for some time. Irgin’s process has much to do with how we select what to see from what we merely look at.
Irgin Sena was born in Albania and lives and works in New York. He has a MFA from Hunter College. Inn 2007 the he received the ARRDHJE Award for Contemporary Art and in 2012 he was awarded the Marian Netter Award. Irgin has participated at Qui Vive, International Moscow Biennial for Young Art and New Insight, Chicago. His work has been shown at Futura- Center For contemporary Art, Prague; Art Chicago; Boots Contemporary Art Space, St. Louis; Vanessa Quang Galerie, Paris; House am Lutzowplatz, Berlin; The National Gallery, Tirana and Badischer-Kunstverein, Karlsruhe.
Residents from Albania
Mario Pfeifer’s work explores representational structures and conventions in the medium of film, in locations ranging from Mumbai to California to the Western Sahara. Conceiving each project out of a specific cultural situation, he researches social-political backgrounds and weaves further cross-cultural art historical, filmic and political references into a richly layered practice, ranging from film and video installations to photographs and text installations. Often, Pfeifer collaborates on publications that reconsider these projects, offering research materials and critical investigations by writers and thinkers of related fields, concerning issues suggested in his projects for a wider social-political discussion.
Mario Pfeifer (born 1981, Dresden) studied in Leipzig (HGB), Berlin (UDK) and graduated from Willem de Rooij’s class at Städelschule Frankfurt am Main in 2008. Pfeifer was a Fulbright fellow at the California Institute of the Arts from 2008 – 2009. Further grants from Goethe-Institut and DAAD lead him to Bangkok, Mumbai and New York. Awards include the Video Art Award, Bremen and the Salon Video Art Prize, London. A first monograph was published by Sternberg Press in 2011 followed by publications with Fotohof edition / KOW and Spector Books in 2012. Pfeifer’s works have been exhibited at MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; The Cultural Centre, Brugge; KW – Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Frankfurter Kunstverein; Circa Projects, Sunderland, UK; Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden; Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen and Landesgalerie Linz, Austria. His films have been screened at Anthology Film Archives, New York; London International Documentary Film Festival; World Film Festival, Bangkok; Images Festival, Toronto; Museum of Art and Design, New York; Moca Detroit; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Folkwang Museum, Essen; Sprengel Museum, Hannover; Arsenal, Berlin and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Mario Pfeifer is represented by KOW BERLIN.
Residents from Germany
Artist group A Kassen has engaged in a collaborative practice since 2005, including works that take the form of performative installation, architectural intervention, photography, and sculpture. Their work is rooted in the exhibition site and refers to context and the social space, exploring the conditions of perception and interpretation.
A Kassen is Christian Bretton-Meyer, Tommy Petersen, Morten Steen Hebsgaard, and Søren Petersen. Educated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen; the Städelschule, Frankfurt, and the Akademie der Bildende Künste, Munich, the group is based in Copenhagen. Recent exhibitions include Reykjavik Arts Festival; Kling & Bang Gallery, Reykjavik; Facetime, On Stellar Rays, New York City; THE TITLE IS A PILE OF LETTERS, IMO Projects, Copenhagen; La Vie Mode d’Emploi, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels, and Window to the World, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León.