Viktor Kopp’s work is both dry and whimsical, playing on notions of illusion in painting with a deep focus on the formal logic of perspective and geometric abstraction. His work begs the question of what lies behind the illusionistic space of the painting, pointing to the inherent flatness of the work and the contrivance of depicting space within. In these paintings, Kopp breaks with both flatness and representation in a space of three-dimensional illusion, one without gravity, shadow or dimension. A flat tablet of grey abstraction turns and floats within a dense white blankness of a monochromatic yet intricately painted void. His work shows abstraction as his motif and subject, peeling away to reveal only more abstraction.
Viktor Kopp (b. 1971, Stockholm) completed studies in fine art in Malmö, Gothenberg and Helsinki. His selected solo exhibitions include Bureau New York, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva; Galleri Magnus Åklundh, Malmö and Konsthallen Passagen, Linköping. His group exhibitions include: Moderna Exhibition, Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Edstranska, Malmö Art Academy, Malmö; The Art of Cooking, Royal/T, Culver City; Underemployed, Salon Zurcher, New York; Abstract and Traces, Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva and Solid-State, Bureau, New York. Kopp teaches painting at the Malmö Art Academy and lives and works in Stockholm.
Residents from Sweden
Michelle-Marie Letelier is interested in exploitation of minerals, working across topographic changes of a landscape, juxtaposed with the speculation of resources within the current economic framework. She spent her early life in Chuquicamata, the biggest open-pit copper mine in the world, in the Atacama Desert. This served as a starting point in her practice, documenting the town’s burial process through video and photography. Since settling in Berlin, Letelier has focused on copper and coal: minerals which have also become objects themselves in her drawings, paintings, objects and installations. Letelier’s work carries heavy socio-political overtones, especially in times of unveiled globalization, the increasing scarcity of raw materials and the crisis of the neoliberal model.
Michelle-Marie Letelier (born 1977, Rancagua, Chile) obtained her BFA at the Universidad Católica de Chile. Her recent solo exhibitions include Die Feinfühlige Zone, Die Ecke Gallery, Santiago and Doomed Scape,Perlini Arte Gallery, Padua. Her group exhibitions include Magic Block, Stiftelsen 3.14, Bergen and To Seize Matter and Leave a Landscape, X Video and Media Arts Biennial, Museum of Contemporary Art, Santiago. Her videos have been exhibited in several screenings and festivals across the world. In 2005, Letelier participated in the Mercosur Biennial and in 2012 she was awarded the first edition of ORA International Art Prize. Letelier lives and works in Berlin.
Events & Exhibitions
Residents from Germany
Akansha Rastogi develops and mediates relationships between the exhibit, curator, artist and the exhibition space. She engages with the exhibition as a medium and as a form through her curatorial and research projects. Her interest is in different kinds of knowledge production within exhibition spaces and a study of vocabularies formulated during the process of exhibition-making. In her curatorial practice, Rastogi manufactures methods and cycles of reiteration and retrieval, mnemonic conditions, access and mesh-making, in relation to the performativity of exhibitions and exhibition spaces. Her ongoing project Grazing sidelines the narrative and produces a post-embedding, self-alluding structural field that further addresses this interiority and performative duration.
Akansha Rastogi (born 1985) is Curator, Programming and Exhibitions, at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art (KNMA), New Delhi. She completed her degree in English literature from Delhi University and Master’s Degree in the History of Art. Her recent exhibitions include Zones of Contact: Propositions on the Museum, 2013 and the Inhabiting the Museum performance series, 2011-14, KNMA. Rastogi is part of the artist collective WALA and received a FICA Public Art Grant for performance projects. She is the recipient of the 2014-15 IFA Research Grant for studying Exhibition Histories and Practices of Indian Modern and Contemporary Art.