Nadira Husain,Global Bastard Education, 2019, wood frame, jeans and kalamkari (vegetable dyes painting), stickers, blue painted stones, gouache and silkscreen on paper, 80 x 135 cm. Photo: Wolfgang Günzel (courtesy PSM and the artist)
Either Fortress Hohensalzburg (on site) or online*
English and German (French also available)
What to bring Painting and drawing material., laptop/tablet with camera and microphone, photo camera (if available and useful to your practice), portfolio or images of previous works.
Maximum number of participants
12 on site, 6 online
Participation fee € 640,– (€ 480,–)
This course aims to support students in developing their painting practice. Participants are encouraged to look at their narratives and challenge their respective positions against the broad and manifold contexts in which painting exists. The group will consider the complex relations between the perspectives of the artist and the viewer. In-class discussions will focus on the historical and psychosocial dimensions of painting besides how painting is understood as a consequence of socio-political forces. Furthermore, students learn specific art histories from which painting evolves and how any practice reads concerning its surroundings. Each participant’s studio practice is the main focus of the course, arranged around a daily structure. Mornings will host presentations led by the course teachers, and guided readings are carried out. Through one-to-one consultations, students will be encouraged to scrutinise and expand upon their working methods. The teachers will share their expertise, providing in-depth technical support. In the evenings, feedback sessions are held. Participants will have the possibility to present their paintings, allowing them to gain confidence in discussing their work. Group excursions will also take place. Besides the focus on the production of new work, the course supports participants in acquiring the critical tools necessary to contextualise their work within contemporary artistic discourses.
*If necessary, the course may be held exclusively online.
Nadira Husain, born in Paris in 1980, works in Berlin, Paris, and Hyderabad (IN). Her work appropriates symbols and stories from various cultural registers that relate to her own multicultural background. Through the flattening of fore- and background, perspective and scale, Husain’s depthless paintings eliminate inherent formal hierarchies. Through her work, Husain evolves a language that embraces hybridity, mimicry and ambivalence. Her paintings often unfold into spatial installations where the notion of a centre is swept away. Through her expanded form of painting, she solicits the performative character of her work. She is also involved in anti-racist art collectives.
Solo exhibitions 2021 Tba, Galerie Isa, Mumbai (IN). 2020Confluence Sangam संगम, WERK.Stoff Preis für Malerei, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Heidelberg (DE). 2019Blumen und Elefant, Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig (DE). 2018Pourquoi je suis tout bleu, Villa du parc Annemasse | Centre d’art contemporain, Annemasse (FR). Solo presentation at the Armory Show (with PSM Gallery), New York, NY (US). 2017Rider, Path, and Vehicle, PSM Gallery, Berlin.
Group exhibitions 2020 *foundationClass - From within the Cracks, nGbK, Berlin. Features, Museum Nikolaikirche, Berlin. Studio Berghain Berlin, Berghain, Berlin. 2019 ACAW Asia Contemporary Art Week, Dubai (AE). Body in Pieces, KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION, Düsseldorf (DE). Doing Deculturalization, Stiftung Museion, Bolzano (IT). Global National, Haus am Lutzöwplatz, Berlin. 2018Mess with Your Values, n.b.k., Berlin. Innenleben, Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig. Pissing in a River. Again!, Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin. Works on Paper, Galerie Tobias Naehring, Leipzig.
Education 2006 Fine art, ENSBA (Ecole nationale supérieure des beaux-arts), Paris, DNSAP.
2017 ongoing, Lecturer at *foundationClass, Weissensee Kunsthochschule, Berlin.
Publications Nadira Husain, Heidelberger Kunstverein and Andreas Felger Kulturstiftung, Bierke, Berlin, 2020.
Flora Klein’s artistic practice consists primarily of abstract painting and is characterised through stylistic shifts and differences. In her recent works, Klein deepens her preoccupation with reflective metallic paints as well as the emblematically modernist, masculine structure of the grid. Affirmative in scale, Klein’s work remains consciously ambivalent in how it relates to both the allegorical and the less communicable nature of intensity and colour, or affect. Alongside her painting practice, Klein has instigated various projects for social exchange. She has coordinated multiple exhibition spaces, and co-organises the Curbit experimental interdisciplinary festival.
Solo exhibitions 2020Das Band, together with Miriam Visaczki, Lars Friedrich Gallery, Berlin. Flora Klein and Samuel Jeffery, Christian Andersen Gallery, Copenhagen. 2018Flora Klein and Tiphanie Mall, Treize, Paris. 2017Flora Klein, Lars Friedrich, Berlin. 2016Flora Klein, Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf (DE). 2014VV, The Green Gallery West and The Ski Club, Milwaukee, WI (US).
Group exhibitions 2020Salon Solaire, Suns.Works, Zurich (CH). 2019Super Erotic Group Show, 8 Salon, Hamburg (DE). 2017From Berlin with Love, Instituto Svizzero, Rome. 2017Somebody’s Bedside Table, Between Bridges, Berlin. 2016Undisturbed Solitude, Kunsthaus Hamburg. 2016Stuttgart, Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich.
Education 2013 Fine Arts, ECAL, Lausanne (CH).
Teaching experience 2021 artistic practice, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich. 2020What makes a world? – a horizon with Nadira Husain, Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. 2020 Ceramic workshop, MÄDEA, Berlin, intercultural centre for young girls.
Publications Flora Klein, Selected Works, with a text by Chus Martínez, Galerie Max Mayer, Düsseldorf 2017.