OPEN CALL Artist Village Eindhoven 2018 by fariba mosleh

Great news! WARP Art Platform is calling for participants for the upcoming ARTIST VILLAGE in Eindhoven August 2018.

WARP Artist Village offers emerging artists feedback and stimulating input through personal interviews and portfolio reviews with professionals from diverse fields - national and foreign curators, critics, experienced artists, choreographers psychoanalysts and the like. It´s also great opportunity for encounters between other artists.

Check out the OPEN CALL - deadline: 11th of May 2018.


FEEDBACK LOOP by fariba mosleh

After a week full of program surrounding the stay of the Belgium artists in Vienna and their exhibition FEEDBACK LOOP at the Krinzinger Projekte they artists and visitors from Belgium, the Netherlands, Ireland, Slovenia and the UK left. It was such a great experience to cooperate with WARP contemporary art platform. There was so much exchange, dialogue and input for futher projects. Thanks for joining the opening, the portfolio day, an artist talk, the philosophical walk, several openings, etc. We enjoyed the time together.

Warp 2017- Feedback Loop-Digital Invitation-English.jpg

Thank you all for coming, participating, collaborating and sharing*

AIR New York City follow up* by fariba mosleh

We are happy that the artist Florian Nitsch from now on is going to share his experiences of a three-month residency at Guttenberg Arts in New York with us. It´s his fourth week now at NJ. In his blog think PIG he writes about his life as an artist in residence in the city where thousands of artists are proceeding their artistic practise, where there are dozens of openings, performances, etc. each day, where there are countless people from all over the world engaging in the art world ... what´s about the myth of the city of art? How to survive as an artist in New York City?

think PIG is a continuity of the blog Fariba Mosleh published during her working stay at the ISCP International Studio and Curatorial Programme in 2015/16 in the field of arts management, curating and residencies. 

Have fun and follow think PIG here.

 (c) florian nitsch 2017

(c) florian nitsch 2017

*faceless part* by fariba mosleh

It is a really sad occasion to write a blog entry ... can´t believe it´s true ... the fascinating, refreshing, and exceptionally visionary artist Ren Hang died far to young. I was incredibly happy back in 2014 when he contributed to my publication Vienna Chinatown INvisible with his works of the series Faceless Part 1 developed in Vienna during his residency at Q21! He made the catalogue what it should be - a multilayered de-stereotyped, and abstract examination of contemporary society. Ren Hang, thank you for your work. R.I.P.* 

Some impressions from the Germany & Swiss Trip* by fariba mosleh

After visiting the opening of the Kunstenfestivaldesarts and the Short Film Festival in Brussels in May we´ve been to Germany for Florian Nitsch´s exhibition opening at House of Modern Art in Staufen and the opening of Manifesta11 in Zurich.

The trip was a great experience. What people do for money is this year´s Manifesta´s theme. Multiple artistic practices are on display not only in official art institutions but also off the beaten track - at least at Manifesta´s satellite projects which I appreciated a lot. It still seems to be quite hard for curators as well as artists to explicitly engage the community, collaborate and go into dialogues outside the non-vulnerable and hardly accessible cultural hubs. My personal favorite was the cooperation of Palais de Tokyo and ACBRUSH AG.

*a cup of stories* by fariba mosleh

Well, I have to confess that it´s been quite a long time without a blog-entry, BUT there are still a lot of things going on (at least behind the scenes) ... 
This time I would like to invite you to a talk of mine at TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Augarten / Vienna.
I am invited to talk at the series A cup of Stories #2 about my personal approach to the work with people of diverse backgrounds focusing the book project Vienna Chinatown INvisible.
Looking forward to share some stories with you***

Thanx to Jana Araj and Mo Bu

the good the bad and the art* by fariba mosleh

Frankly? Within this huge amount of spaces, exhibits, galleries, artists and museums, I´ve to confess that there is a lot of artistically worthless, superficial, self-fulfilling garbage on display. Yes, considering the multitude of art shown and artists based in this town, the average quality of contemporary art´s exhibitions is not that convincing. But without being super pessimistic I´d like to point to some great shows I´ve seen those days.

Finally I made it to one of the most promising and seemingly exciting galleries in Bushwick - CLEARING. I didn´t get disappointed, but was really surprised by the clear performative statement of the French artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar´s exhibition I Sing The Body Electric
To see Hans Schärer´s over 100 paintings entitled Madonna at the Swiss Institute in Soho, a governmental representational institution with a quite contemporary open-minded approach, (also concerning the talks, lectures, and performances they organize) was really a pleasure.

The 3o year old(!) Postmasters Gallery in Soho surprised me with the group exhibition this is smaller than this one staging 28 sculptures and objects by young emerging as well as highly established artists and revealing quite specific and currently underrepresented perspectives.

La Mama Galleria last weekend showed four performances under the title again! again! again!. Two or the pieces, performed by quite young artists, completely caught me. Sara Grace Powell in the role of a CEO gave us a humorous but well researched and further invented insight into the possibilities of art supporting companies targeting the market driven art apparatus. Sophia Le Fraga´s anti-play UND3RGR0UND L0V3R5 was strongly pointing to contemporary´s youth culture surrounding human interactions via the medium of smartphones and so called social media, what was unusually funny!  

Last but not least, yesterday opened Eva Kot´átková´s solo exhibition ERROR at the gallery of ISCP New York. The czech artist presents her research and performance related objects, installations and video developed during her artist residency at Bohnice mental hospital last fall.

OK, it´s just great to explore New York´s neither starting nor ending art and culture productions :)