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Those who can, do. Those who can do more, teach.

  • 24 March 2021


The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts invites applications to its programme for 2021.

Courses will be held at the Fortress Hohensalzburg (hybrid classrooms), the Fuerstenbrunn Quarry (on site) or as Webinars (online). Each year, the Academy invites international artists, curators, collectives, educators, scholars and writers to serve as instructors for its course-programme. In 2021, we are pleased to offer courses under the instructorship of: Rossella Biscotti (Italy/Belgium), Cäcilia Brown (France/Austria) / Anna Hofbauer (Austria) / Mikkel Holm Torp (Denmark/Italy), Cosmin Costinaş (Romania/Hong Kong) / Inti Guerrero (Colombia/Hong Kong), Anna Daučiková (Slovakia/Czech Republic), Shezad Dawood (United Kingdom), Christina Dimitriadis (Greece/Germany), Louisa Elderton (United Kingdom/Germany) / Klaus Speidel (Germany/Austria), Léuli Eshrãghi (Australia/Canada), Flaka Haliti (Kosovo/Germany), Ho Tzu Nyen (Singapore) with Jan Gerber and Sebastian Lütgert (Germany), Nadira Husain (France/Germany) / Flora Klein (Switzerland/Germany), Leon Kahane (Germany), Wasif Munem (Bangladesh), Christian Nyampeta (Ruanda/USA), Shubigi Rao (Singapore), ruangrupa (Indonesia/Germany), Francis Ruyter (USA/Austria).

At the Academy, instructors translate their practice and research into a pedagogical relationship withstudents, in order to explore contemporary art practices in mutually interrogative, personal and persistent ways. Conversations are undertaken with a view toward materializing art-related ideas or transmit them into research and life. The programme reflects current trends in contemporary art such as performance and poetics (Eshrãghi, Nyampeta), VR/AR animation/algorithms (Dawood, Ho), archiving (Kahane, Munem, Ruyter) and collective/community-oriented practices (Costinaş/Guerrero, ruangrupa) as well as methodological approaches to decoloniality (Husain/Klein, Rao), eco-criticism (Biscotti, Haliti) and feminism (Daučiková, Dimitriadis) in art.

Public Programme

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Summer Academy in 2023, the Summer Academy launches the research project, Horizons of Possibility (working title), under the initiative of Sophie Goltz, Director of the Summer Academy since 2021, and co-curated by Marina Fokidis, Director of the magazine South as a Global State of Mind. The project investigates emergent pedagogies of art education that enjoin current understandings of gender, diversity and coexistence with technical and artistic developments. The project continues lines of questioning introduced through the Planetary Academy(under the initiative of Hildegund Amanshauser, former Director of the Summer Academy, 2009–2020).

Besides exhibitions in the Galerie im Traklhaus by Leon Kahane and in the Stadtgalerie im Zwerglgarten by Rosella Biscotti, artist talks are planned in collaboration with Galerie 5020 and film presentations in the Sunset Kino of the Salzburger Kunstverein.

 In co-operation with the Fotohof in Salzburg, for the first time the Summer Academy is offering a workshop for young people, with artist Randa Mirza (Lebanon/France).

Press photos are available upon request!

Further details:
Simone Rudolph
Communications & director’s assistant, tel.: +43 (0)662 842113