viennacontemporary 2019 | ZONE1

We are happy to announce the participants of ZONE1, curated by Fiona Liewehr.

ZONE1 2019 sees itself as an international creative discourse platform, where young artists and their gallerists – each individually and together – can engage, discuss, and envision with the visitors. Because only those who see tomorrow in the today will move, will not worry!

Wer im Gestern Heute sah,
dem geht das Heute nicht allzu nah,
und wer im Heute sieht das Morgen,
der wird sich rühren, wird nicht sorgen.

Those who saw Today in Yesterday,

do not care too much about Today,
And those who see Tomorow in Today,
will move, will not worry.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

This year’s edition of ZONE1, which once again focuses on artists under the age of 40 who live, study or work in Austria, has set itself the goal of strengthening international networking. Six of the ten galleries come from abroad, and the artists they represent work with the media of painting, sculpture, photography, and performative-installation staging. Having grown up in a digitized world, mobility and constant global exchange are taken for granted, and the accelerated adaptation to change is normality. At the same time, it is with growing skepticism that they meet our increasingly dissonant society suffering from overstimulation mixed with a state of cultural exhaustion and the virally spreading, but illusionary reality.

Therefore, they increasingly devote themselves to democratic and collaborative work processes and material experiences of reality – because when connectivity is everywhere, experiencing the real and the material becomes special. In sculpture, this is expressed in the combination of diverging materials and of traditional craftsmanship with modern digital technologies; in photography, it is expressed in the exploration of its instrumental basics, ways of staging, and the manipulation of reality; and in painting, it is shown in the analytical translation of often digital templates into collage-like, technically adept formulations. In installation settings and with performative instructions, the artists raise questions about the loss and surveillance of private space and the economization and regulation of the public sphere and deal with topics such as historical constructions, everchanging socio-political orders, and gender roles.

Thomas Geiger I
Thomas Geiger (*1983 in Germany) is working at the intersections between public, private, and institutional spaces. With elements from performance and sculpture, his works can be described as fragmentary stages that create playful situations to examine social realities. Often, these works are not based on the notions of individuality but include the audience or other artists’ works. Over the past years, he has realized solo projects with Kunstverein Langenhagen, Simultanhalle (Köln), Museum Tinguely (Basel), Despacio (San José), Fondation d‘entreprise Ricard (Paris), or Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (Santiago de Chile). Since 2016, he is running the project Kunsthalle3000, an institution that functions as intervention, located in the public realm.

Eva Koťátková I
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Eva Kotáťková (*1982 in Prague, Czech Republic) studied at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts (2002-2007), the Prague Academy of Applied Arts (2004), the San Francisco Art Institute (2005), and the Akademie Bildende Künste Wien (2005-2006). In 2007 – at the age of 25 – she became the youngest artist ever to receive the Jindřich Chalupecký Award for young artists in the Czech Republic. In addition to her ongoing art practice, she has recently been active in the field of animal rights and is currently developing a syllabus for a new school subject based on the concept of unlearning, empathy, and activism. She is a co-founder of the platform “Institute of Anxiety” that regards anxiety as a result of social, political, economic, and ecological forces. It argues that the potential for positive change lays in the attempts of structural changes and system critique, but also in diverse acts of sharing.


Luiza Margan I Structura Gallery
Luiza Margan (*in Rijeka, Croatia) is a visual artist working with installation, sculpture, video, and public space. She lives in Vienna and Rijeka. She explores the relations between the private and the public and looks at the ways public space and cultural identities are established through the inscription of historical narratives and ideological shifts, as well as at the role of art within them. Her works are process-oriented and informed through archives, field research, or walking, as well as collecting and re-contextualizing of found materials into objects and installations. Margan has participated in numerous exhibitions, public space actions, and artist talks. Her works are part of several art collections like the Generali Foundation in Salzburg, Museum of Contemporary Art – 21 Haus Vienna, Contemporary Art Museum in Zagreb, Tobacco Museum in Ljubljana, and private collections. In 2019, she was a visual artist fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart.


Markus Proschek I SVIT
Markus Proschek (*1981 in Schwarzach im Pongau, Austria) studied at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Today he lives and works in Berlin. Proschek‘s paintings and sculptures revolve around the ambiguous potential of ideological imagery, referring to recent culture wars and their precarious masculinities, and to the claims and failures of iconoclastic gestures.


Stefan Reiterer I Galerie CRONE
Since the beginning of his artistic practice, Stefan Reiterer (*1988 in Waidhofen an der Thaya, Austria) has been examining the characteristics of analogue and digital visual languages and their relation to the visual-spacial reality. In his works he edits the screenshots of landscapes taken via Google Earth. Existing picture elements are shifted and distorted, pictures are newly composed and overlaid. These altered graphics are then transferred to large-format canvases or MDF plates, whereby the viewer can finally observe digitally altered realities transferred into painting. These large-format translations of digital cartography is put in contrast with the smaller collaged or painted studies. The series portrays the contrast between different paces and processes of work – picturesque snapshots as counterweights and opposites of elaborate work.

Stefan Reiterer Portrait: Photo credits: Laura Schaeffer


Titania Seidl I Raum mit Licht
Titania Seidl (*1988 in Vienna, Austria) is concerned with the construction of the female self and the narrative strategies that feed into this construction. An avid reader of all kinds of fiction, Seidl is interested in both the auctorial voice (How are female characters described by male narrators? How do female authors describe their characters?) and the corruption of that voice by appropriative techniques (the re-writing happening in the translation of texts into different languages, e.g.). She then translates these concerns into paintings, a medium that’s still emblematic for a certain image of male genius, yet also accessible to a non-specialist audience. Seidl uses images from different sources – art history, subculture, comics, self-help literature, her own sketches – and tries to unbalance the hierarchies between these different sources, using the canvas as a unifier.


Marina Sula I Gabriele Senn Galerie
Marina Sula (*1991 in Lezhe, Albania) lives and works in Vienna. She completed her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in 2018. Sula´s practice incorporates photography, collage, drawing, sculpture, and installation. She stages conflicting and immersive installations where novel relationships of the personal and the socialized are being challenged. She explores ambiguous systemic dynamics between individuals and society vis-à-vis the logics of the institution and reception of art.


Sophie Thun I Sophie Tappeiner
Sophie Thun (*1985) lives and works in Vienna. Her multi-layered photographic
interventions, which revolve around the construction of the self in the conflicted space of representation, complicate the relationship between the imaginary pictorial space of the image and the real space of the viewer. By revealing the sites, mechanisms, and performances inherent in the production of the image, Thun breaks its seamless illusion,
honestly documenting the performance of its construction. Images, like self-representations, are not objective representations of reality, but tricky, superimposed, staged processes developing over time. Often using her own body and self-portraiture as tools to examine and question established concepts, Thun consistently meets her audience with a steady gaze, challenging us to reconsider our thoughtless consumption of photographs.

Julian Turner I
Julian Turner (*1985), who relocated from Hamburg to Vienna long ago, studied under Amelie von Wulffen and Julian Göthe. In Vienna, he launched Bar du Bois, a traveling exhibition space with culinary delights. Quotation, self-quotation, and material quotation shake hands. Photos replace objects and objects replace photos, coupled with interpretations of materials. In a quirky, sensitive manner, everyday aesthetics are continued and released, which only seem to reveal their underlying charm in their re-interpretation. Reminiscences of Derrida and Benjamin. The material quotation replaces the material and overshadows the “original“, and the artwork resists technological reproducibility.


Marcin Zarzeka I Dawid Radziszewski
Marcin Zarzeka (*1985) lives and works in Vienna. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In his work, he focuses mostly on objects, minimalistic in form, usually designed to be hung on walls. He creates constructions made of glass, plaster, foam boards, and other architectural materials that can leave subtle traces. Glass panels give the illusionary effect. The individual layers merge, losing the line between what is the combination of individual components, pieces of foam, gaps between the panes of glass or elements that are painted or drawn. In 2013, Zarzeka received the first prize at Augarten Contemporary.

As in recent years, the Austrian Federal Chancellery is kindly supporting the ZONE1.



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26–29 September 2019
Marx Halle Vienna


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