Şener Özmen questions the certainty of existing conditions and situations, authoritarian structures and existing taboos. His subtle and poetic works focus our attention not only on the perception and the changes in the context of art, but refer mainly to the critical problems of social reality in which the artist positions himself and offers his opinion.
Şener Özmen was born in Idil in 1971. He graduated from the Department of Painting Education in the Faculty of Education at Çukurova University. He has had several solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions both in Turkey and abroad: Germany, France, England, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania, the USA, Iran, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Swiss, Sweden, Holland, Spain, Yugoslavia and Austria. His articles on exhibitions were published in BirGün Newspaper, Artist Magazine, Sanat Dünyamız, Radikal Kitap and Siyahî. His works have been shown in Centre Pompidou, The Worldly House at dOCUMENTA(13), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Istanbul Modern, and Kunsthalle Fridericianum. Özmen has been awarded an Institute of International Education Artist Protection Fund Fellowship and is in residence at Montclair State University, participating in ISCP’s residency program.
Residents from Turkey
In her installations, Sonia Leimer explores our perceptual foundations, which are formed on the basis of individual, historical, and media-related patterns of experience. As products of concrete historical contexts, rooms and objects undergo a transformation in which history and societal changes become palpable.
Sonia Leimer lives and works in Vienna. She studied architecture at the Technical University of Vienna and the Academy of Fine Art Vienna. From 2007 to 2012, she hosted a radio titled City and the Image. She taught at the Academy for Art and Photography together with Martin Guttmann from 2012–2016. Leimer exhibited her work internationally at Leopold Museum, Vienna; Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna; Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen; Barbara Gross Galerie, Munich; Los Angeles Museum of Art; 5th Moscow Biennial; artothek, Cologne; Museion – Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Bozen, Italy; MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles; Kunstverein Basis, Frankfurt; BAWAG Contemporary, Vienna; Salzburger Kunstverein; and Manifesta 7, Rovereto.
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Residents from Austria
Central to Larissa Sansour’s practice is the tug and pull between fiction and reality in a Middle Eastern context. Recently, she has been interested in the dialectics between myth and history, and explored the sci-fi genre and the role of archaeology in nation building and national identity. In the absence of a viable peace process in Israel/Palestine, archaeology has long since become a battleground for settling territorial disputes. In her works, Sansour explores and reverses the archaeological methodology in an attempt to influence colonialist narratives and manipulate history.
Larissa Sansour (born 1973, East Jerusalem) studied fine arts in London, New York and Copenhagen. She has had solo exhibitions at Bluecoat, Liverpool; New Art Exchange, Nottingham; and Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen. She was part of group shows at Tate Modern, London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Palestinian Art Court – al Hoash, Jerusalem; Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; House of World Cultures, Berlin, and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art. Sansour’s work has been featured in several biennials of cities including Istanbul, Busan, Yinchuan and Liverpool.