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
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
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.