VIENNA Talks showcases a broad spectrum of presentations, discussions, and debates with important representatives of the contemporary art scene. This year’s Talks provides an exciting and multifaceted platform for art professionals from different Eastern focus regions – people who rarely have the chance to meet each other – to represent their countries to the fullest and evidence the unique character of the region. Each day of VIENNA Talks will reflect upon a topical theme in contemporary art.
Location: VIENNA Talks booth C23
The discussions will be in English.
13 October 2013
VIENNA Talks School of Happiness – VIENNA Duet
2:00 – 3:00 pm: FOCUS: Georgia, supported by the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia
Irena Popiashvili (Co-founder NP Gallery, co-curator of VIENNA Duet: Our Caucasus exhibition) is an independent curator dividing her time between Tbilisi, Georgia and New York, USA. Currently she is a consultant at the Free University in Tbilisi and runs a public art space – Popiashvili Gvaberidze Window Project in Tbilisi Georgia. Previously a founder and co-owner of Newman Popiashvili Gallery in New York (2005-2012) she served as a director of the State Academy of Arts in Tbilisi (March- November) 2012.
Maka Asatiani (Collector, Georgia/Lugano)
Caroline Busta is a New York-based critic and associate editor of Artforum magazine.
Baia Davitaia is a collector from Tbilisi. Lives in New York. She is a co owner of Holiday Inn Tbilisi Hotel and co owner of the Interior and Design Company Rooms.
Wato Tsereteli (Director of the Center of Contemporary Art (CCA) Tbilisi) has curated and took part in numerous art exhibitions in Georgia and abroad, e.g. APPENDIX, Venice Biennales 2009 and 2011. He established Georgia’s first Center of Contemporary Art-CCAT. The center serves as education, research and exhibition platform for artists and art professionals.
Independent curator and researcher based in Paris, Mélanie Mermod (on the left at the TCCA in Shindisi above Tbilisi for the “Museum Without Wall Organ Concert” in July 2012.) graduated from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). In parallel to her activities as research and coordination manager on exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, Centre Pompidou-Metz or Generali Foundation Vienna, Mélanie Mermod developped curatorial projects as APN Research あぷん (Kunsthalle Bern, 2012), Experimental Workshop / Jikken kōbō (Bétonsalon, Paris, 2011), EFVJ (AP News, Zurich, 2012), or 41 ° Beyond Reason (Ensba, Lyon, 2013).
3:00 – 4:00 pm: FOCUS: Poland
Klara Czerniewska (Art historian, co-curator of the VIENNA Duet: Who are You or the Polish School of Happiness exhibition) studied art history at the University of Warsaw and Københavns Universitet. In cooperation with design curator Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka organized several design exhibitions (most recently Common Roots: Design Map of Central Europe for the Design Museum Holon in Israel, 2012; Who Are You?, first presented at Łódź Design Festival, 2012 and Materia Prima – Design and Landscape at the Munkeruphus in Denmark, 2013). Klara works as an art and design critic and journalist – her texts were published in cultural, lifestyle and professional magazines.
Michał Lasota is a co-founder of Galeria Stereo (with Zuzanna Hadryś); curator of various group and individual exhibitions; co-founder and supervisor of artistic collective “Penerstwo” (Wojciech Bąkowski, Piotr Bosacki, Tomasz Mróz, Konrad Smoleński, Magdalena Starska, Radek Szlaga, Iza Tarasewicz).
Michał Suchora (Co-founder, BWA Warszawa, Warsaw) studied art history and sociology at the University of Warsaw. In 2006-2010 he co-created the gallery lokal_30. Since 2011, together with Tomasz Plata and Justyna Kowalska, he runs the gallery BWA Warszawa. Under the label BWA Warszawa he worked as a curator at the exhibitions: “New Order” in Art Stations Foundation in Poznań (2011), “Alphaville” in Griffin Artspace in Warsaw, “Warsaw. One day after…” in Vartai, Vilnius and “Withered” at the Kisterem Gallery in Budapest.
Hanna Wróblewska (Director of Zachęta Gallery, Warsaw)
Robert Jelinek (Artist, Vienna) since 1990 works on projects in the areas of time-based media, conflict research, electronic music, olfactory, soil culture and body politic. Photo: Yasmina Haddad
Les Tardes Goldscheyder (Artist, Vienna)