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Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair

Concrete occasions
7 August 2018 / 7 pm CEST

exhibition view, 2016, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair
Double Bind, exhibition view, 2016
Courtesy Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest
Photo: Wolfgang Obermair

In her lecture, Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair will draw parallels between her graphic and her media art-works. She starts from the idea that socio-political conditions and ideologies are manifested in images, whether these are art-works or products of everyday life. Her works are an attempt to demonstrate these latent connections and to examine their formal content – often focusing on various aspects of Soviet and post-Soviet art and culture, as well as on a media-reflexive consideration of Modernism and Abstraction.

Her current works are appropriations from (art-) historical narratives, dealing with post-factual knowledge and the reinterpretation of visual symbols. In reduced drawings, collages and installations, she uses gestural elements and found materials, as well as structures created with precision tools. By means of political messages, using fade-in/fade-out effects, she creates complex pictorial systems which elude any specific attribution, ranging between semiotics and materiality.

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