RELATION - between … ( )

Miriam Bajtala (AT), Eva Beierheimer (AT), Tomáš Džadoň (SK) mit Yvette Vašourková u.Igor Kovačevič , Marek Kvetan (SK), Miriam Laussegger (AT)

12. 5. 2011 - 26. 6. 2011

RELATION - between … ( )

The cities of Bratislava and Vienna are today affectionately referred to as twin cities. Their geographical proximity is unique when taking into account the fact that they are two capital cities of two different countries. The specific location as a hub of the Centrope European region links Vienna and Bratislava closely together, and the two cities have a lot in common as regards culture and history. The separation and independent development of the regions as a consequence of the First World War and the Iron Curtain was followed by the creation of a new common basis as an economic area including shared cultural aspects after the opening up of the Eastern Bloc.
The exhibition "Relations – between ( )" curated by Vladimir Beskid reveals the mixed feelings of our immediate neighbours and questions the diverse relationships of both cities with respect to each other and their status and their current position on the ideological map:

In the wider Central European framework, the space we are talking about is perceived as Zwischen(t)raum – the Space Between, the Space in Between Dreams. It is understood as the “space between” both in a geographic and cultural sense (i.e. between East and West) and in a historical sense (between totalitarian and information societies). The residues and consequences of previous regimes and of the operations that were carried out between Berlin and Moscow penetrated through to the period that came after them. We are looking for our identity, which has been both lost and suppressed. We are not the proverbial “crossroad of cultures”, but rather an emptied centre, a periphery, a no man’s land and cultural interface in the gravitation field between stronger entities. This is our territory. (...)
Vladimir Beskid

Cordial Thanks to the Slovakian Institute Prague and the Czech Center Vienna for the kind help and cooperation in realisation of the exhibition.

Miriam Bajtala
1970 born in Bratislava, lives and works in Vienna; 1998-2002 Akademie der bildenden Künste, Wien, bei Eva Schlegel; 2002 Auslandsatelierstipendium BKA, Krumau, Tschechien; 2004 Schindlerstipendium, Los Angeles, USA; Auslandsatelierstipendium BKA, Rom; 2005 29. Österr. Grafikwettbewerb Innsbruck, Preis der Bundeshauptstadt Wien; 2008 Staatsstipendium für bildende Kunst; 2009 Auslandsatelierstipendium Bmukk, Paris. Soloexhibitions (selection): 2011 Miriam Bajtala, ViennaFair, Kro Art Gallery; 2010 "home stories", Galeria Krokus, Bratislava; "nichts als gespenster", gemeinsam mit Gregor Graf, Forum Stadtpark, Graz; 2009 "satellite me", das weisse Haus, Wien; "asymmetrical focus", (mit Anja Krautgasser) Galerie Stadtpark, Krems; 2006 "wilde lösungen", Galerie 5020, Salzburg; Groupexhibitions (selection): 2011 "the borders of drawing“, das weisse Haus, Wien; 2010 "ohne Titel", Kunstverein Medienturm, Graz; 2009 "Miriam Bajtala, Herwig Kempinger, Loredana & Günther Selichar", Fotohof, Salzburg; Performance I, Fotogalerie Wien; unORTnung V, Ankerbrotfabrik, Wien; 2008 AUSTRIA conTEMPORARY, Sammlung Essl, Klosterneuburg; "On us. About patterns and propertie", Antipodium, Palais Thurn&Taxis, Bregenz; 2007 Kunstankäufe, Nordico, Museum der Stadt Linz, Linz.

Eva Beierheimer
Born in Graz, lives and works in Vienna and Stockholm; 2000-2006 Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien, textuelle Bildhauerei bei Heimo Zobernig; 2004 Erasmusstipendium an der Akademie von Reykjavik; 2007/08 "project-studies" (postgraduate) – at Kungl. Konsthöskolan Stockholm. Exhibitions (selection): 2009 „worte“, Kro Art Gallery, Wien; “o.T. (Der/die AutorIn tituliert Texte durch eine versuchsweise Kunst.)”, Medienturm, Graz; Basel, Liste Basel/ Berlin: Kunstraum Galrerie fruehsorge "anonymous drawings/archive selection 2009"; 2008 “Wettbewerbsausstellung” Förderungspreis des Landes Steiermark für zeitgenössische bildende Kunst, Neue Galerie Graz; Berlin, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien "anonymous drawings“; 2006 „Faktum“, Flakturm im Arenbergpark, Wien.

Tomáš Džadoň
Born in Poprad, Slovakia, lives and works in Prague and Bratislava; since 2008 doctorate at AAD in Bratislava; 2002-2007 Academy of Fine Arts, Prague; 2006 Art Institute in Kankaanpää, Finland; 2002-2002 Academy of Arts and Design, Bratislava. Exhibitions (selection): 2011 Viennafair, Krokus Galeria; 2010 "Try less" (Máš na míň!) with Monogramista T.D, Krokus Galeria, Bratislava; 2009 Erased walls, Freies Museum Berlin, Germany; Skúter - Young art bienalle, GJK Trnava, Slovakia; 2008 Essl Award, Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg, Germany; 2007 Essl Award 2007, Klosterneuburg, Austria.

Marek Kvetan
1976 born in Bratislava, lives and works in Bratislava; 1999-2001 Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Department of Painting, Prof. D. Fischer; 1995-1999 Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Department of Sculpture, Intermedia Studio of Free Creativity, Prof. J. Bartusz; Preise: 2010 finalist – Souvereign European Art Prize, Barbican Cenrte, London, UK; finalist - HenkelArtAward, Wien, Austria; 2008 laureat - Prize NG 333, National Gallery Prague, Czech Republic; 2007 finalist - Prize NG 333, National Gallery Prague, Czech Republic; 2003 Grand prix - Contemporary Slovak Graphic Triennial, State Gallery in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia; 2000 finalist - TONAL - Slovak Visual Arts Prize, Bratislava, Slovakia; 1998 finalist - Slovak Young Visual Art Prize, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Miriam Laussegger
1980 born in Vienna, 2000 – 2006 Studium an der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, textuelle Bildhauerei bei Heimo Zobernig / Diplom mit Auszeichnung, 2010 Auslandstipendium Paris bm:ukk. Exhibitions (selection): 2009 „worte“, Kro Art Gallery, Wien; “o.T. (Der/die AutorIn tituliert Texte durch eine versuchsweise Kunst.)”, Medienturm, Graz; 2008 “Wettbewerbsausstellung” Förderungspreis des Landes Steiermark für zeitgenössische bildende Kunst, Neue Galerie Graz; 2006 „Faktum“, Flakturm im Arenbergpark, Wien.