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Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair

Printed worlds
22 July–10 August 2019

Ekaterina Shapiro-Obermair, assumptions
Assumptions should not necessarily be realistic as long as they do right predictions, 2018, various media, 125 × 125 × 58 cm, photo: Kunstraum SUPER / Rainer Stadlbauer

Print-making, various techniques (etching, aquatint, screen printing, woodcut), drawing, collage, photography

Hohensalzburg Fortress

Teaching language
English (teacher also speaks German and Russian)

What to bring
Preferred drawing utensils, 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

Participation fee
€ 950.– (€ 710.–)

The production of pictures is unavoidably linked with specific technologies which define not only their appearance, but also their contentuality. The possibility of reproduction offered by printing media alters radically both the modus operandi and the meaning of pictures, also determining their political dimension.

The course deals with the question of what kind of materiality is necessary for an idea to be transferred to a work of art. What processes of transformation does a concept go through in the course of its physical rendering? What additional qualities does a work acquire if the technical aspect of its production is decisive for its essence?

Introduction to relief and intaglio printing – including etching, woodcut and screen printing – is offered as required. The study of these techniques should form a basis for dealing with complex contemporary questions through art. In regular group discussions, exchange of ideas will be encouraged, new stimuli created for the formulation of individual questions, and the intensive period of on-site production considered. At the beginning of the course, exercises will help to find new approaches and eliminate inhibitions.
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