Anna Jermolaewa works primarily in the mediums of photography, video, and installation. Her main interest is the analysis of functional structures of society and social systems in everyday life. She continually focuses on the basic conditions of human existence and the nature of man, capturing the relationship between the individual and the masses, freedom and restriction, power and powerlessness, (especially around relationships and networks of hegemonic structures). Her photographs and videos provide information about a world of failure, through conscious and unconscious fears, desires, and passions. The result is a reflection on individual and collective historical consciousness in the form of images that remain in the viewers’ mind. Through the visual telling of history and stories, she attempts to create places of remembrance.
Anna Jermolaewa was born in 1970 in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) and is currently based in Vienna. In 1998 she graduated in Art History at the University of Vienna and in 2002 the New Media class of Peter Kogler at the Vienna Art Academy. She was a Professor for Media Art at the University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe, Germany from 2005-2011. She also had solo exhibtions in the Victoria Art Gallery, Samara (2013); Camera Austria, Graz (2012); Kunsthalle Krems (2012); Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia (2011); Kunstverein Friedrichshafen (2009); XL Gallery Moscow (2008); and Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau (2004). Her works are part of various collections including the Stedelijk Museum, Friedrich Christian Flick Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, MUMOK-Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Wien, Volpinum Kunstsammlung, Museum Startgalerie Artothek, Vienna, Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Vehbi Koc Foundation, Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and Belvedere.
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Residents from Austria
Véronique Leblanc is a Montreal based curator and writer interested in context-based practices. Her work typically analyses art practices concerned with issues of otherness and democracy in the context of globalization and art endeavours using documentary material to encourage the viewers to reflect critically on their perceptions or beliefs. Leblanc is drawn to artworks that explore the ways in which identity and ideological constructions are presented in the social sphere. Investigating connections between art, ethics and politics, her curatorial practice gives form to an ongoing reflection about the potential of contemporary art for addressing social, political or cultural issues, while also participating in the production of individual and social imaginaries.
Véronique Leblanc has curated shows featuring the work of Artur Żmijewski, Paul Wiersbinski, Dave Ball, Jean-Pierre Aubé, Patrick Beaulieu, Douglas Scholes, Jean-Pierre Gauthier and ATSA, among others. Her essays have been published in ETC Media, Espace Sculpture, Ciel Variable and Canadian Art, as well as numerous exhibition catalogues. She received the Canadian Art Writing Prize in 2011 and participated in the first M&M Curatorial Research Residency Program in Mexico in 2013 (Oboro, Montreal / Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico). Leblanc has an MA in art history from Université du Québec à Montréal, where she now teaches.
Residents from Canada
Alexander Tovborg is known for his ability to tell a story through his work. Weaving abstract and expressive elements with figurative imagery, Tovborg uses painting, drawing, sculpture and performance to produce compelling works that engage the spectator. At the crux of Tovborg’s artistic practice is the ability to draw on elements from the past to draw attention to who we are as human beings today. Taking inspiration from mythological stories, religion, and natural and social history, Tovborg explores complex metaphysical issues such as female and male archetypes, the division between the real and imaginary worlds, as well as ideas of love and hierarchy. As a result of Tovborg’s intentions towards these issues, there is a spiritual quality that emanates from his work.
Alexander Tovborg (born 1983) studied at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe and graduated from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He is represented by Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery in New York.