Artist Talks & Bar – Art, Politics and Gender
14 and 28 January 2010, 7 pm, followed by a DJ line

Talks about art, politics and gender roles in Eastern Europe before and after the fall of the Iron Curtain. Guest DJs will be producing sounds on the turntables after the talks. MUMOK Café, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna. Admission free.

Thu, 14 January 2010, 7 pm
Olga Chernysheva – Georg Schöllhammer
Sound: Strom +– (Markus Hausleitner, Ute Hölzl)

Olga Chernysheva was born in Moscow and is an internationally renowned representative of Russian contemporary art. She studied at the Moscow Film Academy and the Rijksakademie (Royal Academy of Visual Arts) in Amsterdam. In her work she deals with the social tensions and inconsistencies within Russian society that result from the transition from communism to capitalism. She focuses on stories of daily life and the existential experiences of simple people, which metaphorically reflect history on a grand scale. She lives and works in Moscow.

Georg Schöllhammer is a curator, author and critic. He is the founding editor of the art magazine springerin–Hefte für Gegenwartskunst. Schöllhammer was Chief Editor of documenta 12 between 2004 and 2007 and initiator and head of the documenta 12 magazines; chairman of the Július Koller Society (Bratislava) and of; co-curator of Manifesta 8 (Murcia, 2010); project manager of Local Modernities (Frankfurt, Berlin) and Sweet Sixties (Istanbul, Vienna). Schöllhammer studied architecture, art history and philosophy. He is the author of numerous publications on contemporary art, architecture and art theory. Schöllhammer has curated numerous exhibitions and lectures at international art institutions and universities. He lives and works in Vienna.

Thu, 28 January 2010, 7 pm
Cornelia Schleime – Christiane Erharter
Sound: quote (Christiane Erharter, Vina Yun)

Cornelia Schleime is a painter, filmmaker, performance artist and author. Born in East Berlin, she trained as a hairdresser and makeup artist from 1970 to 1975 before studying Painting and Graphic Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden and gaining renown for her spatially-oriented performances and home movies. In 1979 she founded the punk band Zwitschermaschine, in which she performed as vocalist. She felt restricted by the confines of the concept of art stipulated by officials from the GDR’s Artists’ Association and decided to leave the GDR and move to West Berlin in September 1984. She has been a member of the Saxon Academy of Arts in Dresden since 2000. Cornelia Schleime lives and works in Berlin.

Christiane Erharter has been working as a curator in the Culture programme of ERSTE Foundation in Vienna since fall 2006. From 2002 to 2006 she was a curator at the Office for Contemporary Art Norway in Oslo where she built up the International Studio Programme. Before that, she was a curator at the Galerie im Taxispalais in Innsbruck. Christiane Erharter studied art at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and completed a postgraduate programme in Critical Studies at the University of Lund. She lives and works in Vienna.

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Photo credit: Gender Check – Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe, MUMOK exhibition sight. Photo: MUMOK, © MUMOK