Artist in Residence, November 2016: Oto Hudec

New Q21/tranzit Artist in Residence staying at Museumsquartier Wien in November is Oto Hudec. The projects of the 1981-born artist are quite international: He created his recent work in the US, South Korea, Cabo Verde, Portugal and Slovakia. Oto Hudec works with videos, murals, animations, sculptures and art in public space. The topics of his work are immigration, refugees and the impact of globalization on the environment.

His projects often involve a utopic perspective as a way to shed a light on food production, industrial landscape, or the decline of bees. He often cooperates on projects with children and youth from disadvantaged communities. The young artist is a member of the creative team MAP-Make Art with Purpose and represented by Gandy gallery. Since 2013 he has been working on Projekt Karavan with Roma cummunities in Slovakia together with Daniela Krajčová.

It has been little more than a year, since refugees started to travel in larger numbers through Central Europe in search of asylum in safe and welcoming countries and this is also what Oto Hudec’s current project is about: the refugee situation in Europe.  As a response to the significantly different asylum politics of the two neighboring countries Austria and Slovakia, Oto Hudec’s intention is to research, how Austria reacted to the situation through series of interviews, drawings, videos and photos. At the end of the 20th century, Austria used to be the closest destination for those who fled from socialist Czechoslovakia. Now it becomes a home for people fleeing from war and poverty. However, Oto Hudec feels that the public opinion is shifting: it seems that the fear and the radicalization spread across Europe.

The result of the project will be a sculptural installation with documentary approach. It is planned to be a form of visual and audio dialogue between different people: community workers, immigrants from Czechoslovakia, artists, and asylum seekers, or Austrians who disagree with current asylum politics.