In his research-based practice, Mathias Pöschl seeks to investigate the relation of visual culture and political agenda, generating ensembles of works by juxtaposing representations of historical incidences and realities in a wide range of media and materials. In an effort to hint at new insights into the basic conditions of what it means for a work of art to be called political, Pöschl tries to exploit the cognitive potential of contradictions and misreadings, employing dialectic approaches to arrive at, or suggest, new narratives.
Mathias Pöschl (born 1981, Vienna, Austria) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2008. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows at institutions, galleries and art fairs including Leopold Museum, Vienna; 21er Haus – Museum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Vienna; The Armory Show, New York; Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna; Sotheby’s, Vienna; Galleri Ping-Pong, Malmö; Frieze, London; Nya Perspectives, Västerås; Neuer Kunstverein Wien, Vienna; as well as in various self-organized shows in temporary exhibition spaces around Austria.
Residents from Austria
In recent years, Pia Rönicke has been investigating different botanical collections. Her interest in herbariums stands in relationship to methods of indexing, including both observation and representation. These plant collections show traces of geopolitical conditions not only within the practices of botany but also map out territorialization. Rönicke attempts to examine the consequences of botanical systemization. She has been researching the perspectives of various female activists, architects, and artists that takes its stance from what she calls the ‘blind spot.’ She is interested in the connection between workspace and filmic space, and how we conceive historical matters in relationship to our daily activities. Rönicke often works with archives of letters, notes, images, newspapers, microfilm and online databases, and the theme of collecting is often recurring in her practice. She works with film, prints, sculptures and objects, which together build larger narratives.
Pia Rönicke is an artist based in Copenhagen. Her work has been the subject of numerous international solo exhibitions including; Overgaden Institute of Contemporary art; Museo Tamayo, Mexico City; gb agency, Paris; Montehermoso, Vitoria-Gasteiz; Casco, Utrecth; Croy Nielsen, Berlin; Lunds Konsthall, Sweden; Tate Modern, London; Display Gallery, Prague; Trafo Gallery, Budapest; MAK, Los Angeles; Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Rönicke’s work has also been featured in many group exhibitions, including Apexart, New York; GIBCA, Göteborg; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter (HOK), Oslo; Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), Cincinnati; Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm; MAK, Wien; Elizabeth Dee gallery, New York; Wiels, Bruxelles; Gallery TPW, Toronto; CASM, Barcelona; Lisson Gallery, London; Quadrennial for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen; Sala Rekalde, Bilbao; Artists Space, New York; Dundee Contemporary Arts, Scotland; Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève; Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; ARGOS, Brussels; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Stadtkunstverein, Berlin; Kunstverein München; ACCA, Melbourne; Utopia Station, Venice biennale; Busan Biennale, Korea; Manifesta 4, Frankfurter Kunstverein; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.
Residents from Denmark
André Hemer’s practice pursues a new mode of representation in painting, whereby image and form are transacted back and forth between materialised and de-materialised states. In doing so, Hemer’s paintings literally re-present the contemporary experience of digital media through the traditional painting object, revealing the most basic changes to our phenomenological experience of the contemporary world.
André Hemer’s work has been exhibited at Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; Yavuz Gallery, Singapore; Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London; Tristian Koenig Gallery, Melbourne; Total Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; and Münchner Stadtmuseum, Germany. In 2016 he was awarded a New Generation Award by the Arts Foundation of New Zealand, and was the winner of the Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award. He has been included in major publications such as 100 Painters of Tomorrow, Thames & Hudson, London, and Art and the Internet, Black Dog Publishing, London. In 2016 Hemer was invited to edit the publication Painting Regarding the Present, published by Naives and Visionaries, Berlin. He is based in Vienna, Austria.