Amelie Bachfischer, born in 1994, lives and works in Vienna. Based on her studies in painting and animation film at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, she works interdisciplinary with painting, object, text and video.
Anna Zimmermann (*1994) is a Swiss designer based in Vienna. Straddling between art and object design, her practice explores the relationship between material culture, mass production and craftsmanship. She draws inspiration from everyday observations and translates them into socially critical discourses. Her work crosses multiple media and often incorporates elements of humor, fantasy or absurdity.
Andreas Waldén (*1979 in Västerås, Sweden) is a visual artist based in Vienna, who primarily works with painting and drawing. His works deal with spatiality, surface, movement and mortality. Since 2017 he is releasing the publication series The Namnlös Archives on an irregular basis.
Daniel Ferstl, born in 1982, lives and works in Vienna, studied painting at the University of Applied Arts Vienna with Christian Ludwig Attersee. Exhibitions including at Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2015), New Jörg, Vienna (2015), Ve.Sch, Vienna (2015), Belvedere, Vienna (2016), Belmacz Gallery, London (2017 and 2019), Foundation, Vienna (2018), Zeller van Almsick, Vienna (2020), Austrian Cultural Forum, London (2020). Ferstl’s works defy categorization on various levels: painting meets sculpture, high meets low brow, classic composition meets kitschy extravaganza in the choice of motifs and materials. Pop cultural references range from 70s and 80s cult movies to contemporary gamer and meme culture. In his recent works, colorful fabrics are stretched onto frames with stuffed textile elements sewn onto them, giving the works a three dimensional quality. The painterly gesture is only present as a mediated remainder in the printed patterns of the fabrics Ferstl chooses for his backgrounds. On an immediate affective level, the silky, shiny, fluffy works are imbued with the kind of “cruel optimism” that keeps us attached to the dreams that deep inside we know might crush us in the end.
Daniel Stuhlpfarrer, born in 1987 in Judenburg, studied Art Education at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and Ceramics at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. Exploring geological conditions and excavating “wild” clays and sands are important starting points for his work. In his sculptures, as well as in his small series for restaurants, he explores site-specificity and forms of utility.
Dajana Perić was born in Serbia and raised in the Republic of Srpska, Bosnia & Herzegovina. She earned a BFA from the Academy of Arts at the University of Banja Luka in 2020, majoring in Painting. She then earned an MFA in Fine Arts in 2023 at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in the USA. Her art practice focuses on performance but she maintains an interest in sculpture and conceptual art installations. Through different artistic forms, she portrays and chronicles different inner emotional states.
Gašper Kunšič (1992) studied at the Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien and Hochschule für Bildende Künste – Städelschule in Frankfurt. He has exhibited at House of Spouse (Vienna, 2023), Wien Museum MUSA (Vienna, 2022), Municipal Gallery of Ljubljana (2021), Gallery Gallery (Ljubljana, 2021), Austrian Cultural Forum (London, 2019), Kino Šiška Centre for Urban Culture (Ljubljana, 2018), Krinzinger Projekte (Vienna, 2018), Kunstraum Niederösterreich (Vienna, 2017), UGM Studio (Maribor, 2016). He participated in the Biennale Mediterranea 19 (San Marino, 2021). In Kunšič’s work, he appropriates visual references from the Slovenian countryside of his childhood, as well as folkloric motifs and pop culture from the former Yugoslavia. Through interventions and works, he transforms exhibition spaces into emotionally charged environments that subvert the traditional, creating a new (folkloric) world for those who do not belong. He lives and works in Vienna and Frankfurt.
The playful inventions of Johanna Pichlbauer explore our emotional relationships with objects and machines. With determined optimism, the designer offers a boldly comic and sensual view of society’s challenges, inviting people to become active in shaping the worlds they want to be living in. Johanna Pichlbauer studied Mechanical Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology and Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna.︎︎
Katharina Höglinger, born in 1983, lives and works in Vienna. She studied painting/fine arts at the University of Art and Design Linz and received a scholarship for an exchange program at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee at the Institute for Art Theory. Her works have been exhibited at various venues including Wonnerth Dejaco (Vienna), Royal Academy (London), Galeria Quadrado Azul (Lisbon), Cooper Cole (Toronto), Tower (Vienna), Supermala (Madrid), Feÿ – Rencontres d’arts (Burgundy), Sebastian Gladstone (Los Angeles), Calaboose (Montreal), futur 2 (Paris), and City Surfer Office (Prague). Together with Myles Starr, she founded the curatorial project SORT.
Katharina Höglinger’s works are driven by the irresistible impulse to (re)gain positions of social agency. By feeding her personal everyday experiences and observations into the machine of seemingly carefree appropriation of artistic styles and techniques, Höglinger reclaims and reoccupies the material and immaterial spaces that make up our social reality. The result is artwork characterized by a distinct lightness and humor, while also telling stories of existential seriousness.
Lena Sieder-Semlitsch lives and works in Vienna. Between 2012 and 2018 she studied paining at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, with Henning Bohl. She organised the artist-run-space White Dwarf Projects with which she also published the White Dwarf Magazine. In 2020 Albert Allgaier and her founded b*ks Verlag, Wien, a publishing project for peculiar events and artist books.
Linda Reif, born 1980 in Vienna mainly works with photographic processes and pushes the boundaries of photography into other fields like sculpture and painting. Her photographic image production tends toward abstraction. Her work is strongly linked to an interest in lens-based media and her methods reflect the unsentimental way she approaches photography. Her main focus lies in the distortion, the non-glossy impact of images, while investigating the vulnerability of photography. She loves to built her own pinhole cameras from found objects as much as she investigates camera-less photography. Recent exhibitions include “Short Corners” at Knulp, Sydney 2022; “Happy Tears” at Kunstverein Schattendorf 2022; and “Horizon” at Bildraum Studio 2022 in Vienna. Reif is the founder and organizer of Crisis Contemporary, an experimental exhibition format she started during her Residency in her apartment in New York City in 2018.
Lisa Kainz, born in 1987, lives and works in Linz (pretty close to Vienna ;-). “Starting from everyday objects, I create imitative forms. Holding on to objects and bodies offers me greater freedom in design. I particularly enjoy when the artistic process and the manual production alternate regularly.”
Lukas Thaler, born in 1989 in Hall in Tirol, Austria, lives and works in Vienna. He studied at the University of Vienna and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. His work has been exhibited in various venues, including Kunstverein Siegen, Kunstverein Eisenstadt, Galerie Janda in Vienna, White&Weiss Gallery in Bratislava, Ján Koniarek Gallery in Trnava, Daihatsu Rooftop Gallery in Vienna, Bruch & Dallas in Cologne, EXILE in Vienna, In Spite Of in Porto, Ed.Varie in New York City, Belvedere 21 in Vienna, Sans titre in Paris, MUSA in Vienna, Guimarães in Vienna, Celine in Glasgow, Ginny in London, Material Artfair in Mexico City, Ferdinandeum in Innsbruck, Club Pro in Los Angeles, and Drop City in Newcastle. Thaler runs the curatorial project MAUVE together with Titania Seidl. He also teaches at the Vienna University of Technology, at the Institute of Art and Design.
Marie Melchiorsen (born in 1980, Denmark) is an artist living and working in Copenhagen, Denmark. Educated in 2008 from Jutland Art Academy, Aarhus, Denmark, and Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Gegenständliche Malerei, with Professor Amelie Von Wulffen, Wien, Austria. Marie Melchiorsen lived and worked in Vienna from 2006 to 2012. She works with different media according to the specific context of the artwork and the surroundings. For the exhibition in Bijeljina, she works with textile, referring to an old tradition often performed by women, who attended to needlework to make their homes more inviting and beautiful and moreover to use their works for trading and gifts when traveling or visiting.
Mladen Mićić was born in 1998 in Bijeljina. He graduated in 2021 from the Academy of Arts at the University of Banja Luka, specializing in painting. In 2022, he completed his Master's studies in painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. In the same year, he enrolled in the Doctoral academic studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. He has received numerous awards, with the most significant one being the award from the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Republic of Srpska.
Matija Kanjerić was born in Bijeljina in 1996. He graduated in painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade in 2021, where he also completed his master's studies in the graphic arts department.
Through his artistic approach, he attempts to confront traditional painting techniques with contemporary tendencies in art practices. During his studies, the idea emerged to establish similarities and differences between the observation of painting motifs in the past and present, in order to answer the question of in which context and how the observed motif should be represented to break away from conventional depictions and solutions. By utilizing various means and techniques, through a collage process, Kanjerić aims to play with other people's photographic archival records. In this way, the observed motif is detached from its original creator, with the idea that through the process of deconstructing the observed motif, a new discourse is formed.
Paul Pibernig lives and works as an artist, photographer, and cultural initiator in Vienna. His artistic work encompasses aspects of documentary and street photography, as well as inherent questions of media and memory cultures. He has initiated the analog photo initiative OTAMP and co-directs the OFF GRID Independent Photo Festival Vienna as a co-founder since 2020.
Paul Riedmüller was born in 1989 in Graz. He lives and works in Vienna as a painter, graphic designer, illustrator, and mural painter. In 2017, he graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he studied painting and animation under Judith Eisler. Also member of Soybot, printing and publishing collective, Vienna
Paulina Semkowicz is a Vienna-based artist. She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Her practice approaches different artistic domains such as painting, installation, and set design as she is deeply influenced by theater’s scenery, a milieu in which she has evolved as a scenography painter for a couple of years. Semkowicz has taken part in many international projects and her work has been exhibited in various art spaces in Vienna as well as in other European cities including shows in Galerie She BAM!, Leipzig; Austrian Culture Forum, Warsaw; Belvedere 21, Vienna.
Pavle Golijanin (1995) is an artist and doctoral candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Novi Sad. His artistic focuses include graphics, sculpture, and digital drawing. Next to Aleksandar Todorović, Pavle Golijanin is the initiator and curator of the exhibition project BEČ BIJELJINA.
Aleksandar Todorović is an artist and graphic designer. He studied in Düsseldorf before completing his studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2009. Since October 2022, Aleksandar has been a master's student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. Next to Pavle Golijanin, Aleksandar Todorović is the initiator and curator of the exhibition project BEČ BIJELJINA.
Petar Vidaković was born in Bijeljina in 1999. He graduated in 2022 in the Painting program at the Academy of Arts of the University of Banja Luka. He has had three solo exhibitions and has received several awards, including the KC Banski Dvor Award in the field of painting.
Stefan Pani lives and works in Vienna. Since 2009, he has been engaged in his painterly, sculptural, and digital works with the subversion of artistic practices as an institutionally stabilizing paradigm. Since 2012, this has taken the form of a theoretically advanced concept known as “Postinnovation”.
Susanna Hofer (born in Voitsberg, Austria) lives and works in Vienna and Pack/Styria. She holds a degree in german literature, studied art and communication practise, time based media and photography at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Her work revolves around her interest in botanic constructions, “literarischer Dingsymbolik” and sculpture, juxtaposing traditional still life, Tableaux Vivants and commercial photography.
As part of her practice, she collects, arranges, and archives simple everyday objects, translates one medium into another and creates surrealistic images and finely composed socio documentary themes. Reality and arrangement are often subject to blurred boundaries, drawing on techniques of alienation, reminiscent of Brechtian strategies. Hofer’s constructed world of images stands in contrast to the slick consumable forms of representation in advertising and as Brecht postulated: We need, in other words, to create a form of what might be termed “constructed representation”.
Svenja Plaas has worked in a bar, a daycare, as an illustrator, and in a hostess club. She has also studied graphic design and film in two German-speaking cities. She has been nominated for an award before but did not win. She would like to visit Stromboli and create a comic someday. She likes colors, the sea, light, lying in the grass, doing nothing, books, people, trash TV, chance, village museums, and dislikes winter.
Žarko Aleksić was born in Knjaževac on Zadušnice in 1985. He studied philosophy at the University of Belgrade and later attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, where he worked as a student assistant. During the winter semester of 2018/19, he edited and taught the course Art and Cognitive Sciences. He also worked at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, at the Department of Artistic Research. Currently, he works at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, at the Department of New Media.His interdisciplinary artistic practice is based on the examination of consciousness, mental processes, and artificial intelligence in relation to socio-political issues of cognitive capitalism. Drawing on neurobiological and cognitive neuroscience endeavors, his practice addresses personal phenomenology through the exploration of his own states of consciousness. Issues of mind-brain relationship, mental processes, structure and characteristics of consciousness are elaborated through methodological appropriation of knowledge produced within philosophy and cognitive neuroscience, by thematizing perception, imagination, language, memory, attention, reasoning, and emotions within the nervous system. The connection between approaches is reflected in the relationship between psychological and economic states, with synapses as the main currency. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Serbia and abroad. He lives and works in Belgrade.