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Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair

At the interface
6–25 August 2018

gouache and crayon on paper, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, 2016
o.T., 2016, gouache and crayon on paper, 100 × 70 cm, copyright: Bildrecht Vienna, 2018, photo: Günter Kresser

Drawing, collage, digital photography, digital prints, screen printing, etching, woodcut

Hohensalzburg Fortress

English, German, Russian

What to bring
Preferred drawing tools, digital camera (if available), laptop

Readiness to develop a new kind of work, openness for co-operation and exchange of ideas

Maximum number of participants

Gleb Amankulov

€ 950,– (€ 710,–)

The main focus of the course is collage as an artistic principle. We will take a fresh perspective on this long-standing technique, to make it productive as a means of expressing contemporary living environments. Small-scale works or extensive installations can be used to alter reality and tell individual stories. The potential of reprography will be extended and conceptually exploited by the use of digital technologies. When drawings are combined with prints, whether self-made or ready-made, tensions result. We will explore this conflict potential. We join up with art history at the point where collage expresses political views or social criticism – but there will also be room for lyrical expression.

Besides individual work, a productive exchange of ideas should take place within the group. Exercises at the start of the course will help to find new approaches. There will be the opportunity to explore traditional printing techniques such as screen printing, etching and woodcut, and to use these techniques experimentally.
Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, born in Moscow in 1980, has lived and worked in Vienna since 2004. In 2018 she received a state grant from the Austrian Federal Chancellery, in 2017 the prize from the provincial capital Innsbruck (AT) at the 35th Austrian Graphic Arts Competition and the Theodor Körner Sponsorship Award, in 2015 the Chimera Art Award in Budapest and in 2014 a one-year scholarship from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, NY (US). She works in a variety of media, though all her projects involve printing. Her themes are appropriation of historical narratives, dealing with post-factual knowledge, and interaction of form and ideology, often focusing on various aspects of Soviet and post-Soviet art and culture, but also on a mediareflexive consideration of Modernism and Abstraction.

Solo exhibitions
2018 Anschluss (with Hannes Zebedin), Ve.Sch kunstverein, Vienna. 2016 Double Bind, Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest. 2015 Chimera Art Award, Chimera Project Gallery, Budapest. 2012 Sprechen Sie mit dem Fahrer, damit er nicht einschläft!, Galerie 5020, Salzburg (AT). us and them, Ve.Sch, Vienna.

Group exhibitions
2018 Re-Appropriating History, FLUC, Vienna. 2017 Genosse. Jude. Wir wollten nur das Paradies auf Erden, Jüdisches Museum, Vienna. 35. Österreichischer Grafikwettbewerb, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck. 2017 Birobidzhan: an artistic study of the Russian Federation’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Birobidzhan Regional Philharmonic, Birobidzhan (RU). 35. Österreichischer Grafikwettbewerb, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (AT). 2015 Beyond the Obvious – Contemporary Women Artists from CEE, Deák Erika Galéria, Budapest. Tales of Two Cities, Jewish Museum am Judenplatz, Vienna. 2014 Tales of Two Cities, Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow. [silence] – A Holocaust Exhibition, Ludwig Múzeum Budapest, Budapest. 2012 Critical Alliances, Croatian Association of Visual Artists (HDLU), Zagreb.

Patrick Urwyler (ed.): Award Winners Exhibition 2015, exh. cat., Chimera-Project Gallery, Budapest 2016.
Astrid Peterle (ed.): Tales of 2 Cities, exh. cat., Jewish Museum, Vienna 2015.
Katalin Timár (ed.): [silence] – A Holocaust Exhibition, exh. cat., Ludwig Múzeum Budapest, Budapest 2014.
Katharina Ritter, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, Dietmar Steiner, Alexandra Wachter: Soviet Modernism 1955–1991. Unknown History, Park Books-Verlag, Zurich 2012.
Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, Wolfgang Obermair (ed.): The Great Moscow, that Never Was, schlebruegge.editor, Vienna 2008.

Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair