Moritz Partenheimer works with photography to create surreal worlds of their own kind, composed of sites in various locations around the world. He studies the urban microcosm and investigates urban space to define its identity. His focus is on inconspicuous sites, the sort of surroundings that are composed of things we come across every day. His pristine settings seem to be void of human presence, however, their traces are discernable and become an expression of the space wherein the portrayed objects replace humankind. It is through his formal reduction and concentration of the selected objects that we come to better understand their artificial, natural or cultural beauty.
Moritz Partenheimer (born 1979, Munich) studied at the Bauhaus-University, Weimar and at Pratt Institute, New York. In 2006, he graduated from Bauhaus University with a master’s degree and moved to Munich. Recent solo shows include Points of Interest, Gallery Jordanow, Munich; Lost in Translation, Gallery Binz & Krämer, Cologne; and Lost Paradise, Kunstverein Heinsberg. His group exhibitions include Lost in Translation, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Bildspuren – Unruhige Gegenwarten, Darmstädter Tage der Fotografie, Germany; and Ist das ein Portrait, Gallery Karin Sachs, Munich. His work is represented in numerous private collections, as well as public collections, including Museum Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. He lives and works in Munich and Cologne.
Residents from Germany
Mira Gáberová creates complex projects, in which cooperation with other artists plays a pivotal role. These projects emerge either from social participation or from a constant holding of a mirror up to the artist. The main feature reflected in many of her recent works is doubt. The injection of doubt which questions the multi-faceted reality and multitude of possibilities which the artist can use to investigate it. Gáberová tries to rethink and return to the past and create new solutions, which were originally dismissed or unseen. She is intereted in a lonely human existence, a tragedy of a frozen moment or a very simple and slow action that can last for eternity. An intentional pathos, a distinctive feature of her previous works, is newly – through drama, tragedy and melancholy- transformed into an absolute impossibility and a constant fight for the meaning and reconcilement with a chaos. Though being still inspired by pathos and exaggeration, her attention has shifted more to formal limits of video and work with deconstruction and various forms of authorial cooperation, interpretation and appropriation of artistic material by other artists.
Mira Gáberová (born 1979, Lučenec) lives and works in Prague. In 2006, she graduated from the Departement of Painting and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava. Her recent solo exhibitions include Sleepings, Hit Gallery, Bratislava; Behind the Tree, Kabinet Gallery,Brno; Scene, Jeleni Gallery, Prague; Sisyphus’ Love, Synagogue, Trnava. Her group exhibitions include FILM. Directed by Artists, Nitra Gallery, Nitra; Crazy Curators Biennale III, CK Castle, Poznaň; PragueBiennale, Microna Building, Prague, Czech Republic. Interventions in the Gotic Collection, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava; Donumenta, Stadtische Galerie Leerer Beutel, Regensburg; and Essl Award, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg.
Residents from Slovakia
Eunji Cho activates the movement and inherent energy of urban remains, traces and suspended matters such as mud, stone and dust through performance, installation, situationist intervention and writing. She explores the slippage that arises when a modern subject enters another territory and becomes a minority, colonized, and the “other.” In her recent works, she focuses on the socio-psychological landscape of surface elements of the city interpreted by her own intuition and methodologies. Her artistic practice retains a minimalist approach to explore the ways in which certain objects are used in her works. Cho uses a range of media including drawing, video, performance and installation
In 2012, Eunji Cho had her 5th solo exhibition, Poem In Action, at RM Gallery, Auckland. Her selected group exhibitions include Walking Drifting Dragging, New Museum, New York, 2013; Play Time, Culture Station Seoul 284, Seoul, 2012; Dtang, the Mud Said, Duesseldorf Festival, Duesseldorf, 2012; tempus fugit, Kuenstlerverein Malkasten, Duesseldorf, 2012;Media Scape, Nam Jun Paik Art Center, Yongin, 2011; 7th Gwangju Biennale: Annual Report, Gwangju, 2008; Anyang Public Art Project, Anyang,2007; The Multicultural in Our Time, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2010; and Cittadellarte Venice, Venice University, Venice, 2005. She also has a female duo performance band, Michelangelo Pistoletto Band and sings about love and cities in various cities all over the world. Eunji Cho lives and works in Seoul.