As part of an
exchange project between the CalArts School of Art and students of the Academy
of Fine Arts Vienna, this exhibition presents around twenty-five international
artists mainly working in a queer-feminist, anti-discriminatory and decolonial
context. Most of them have been studying at the contextual painting class of
Ashley Hans Scheirl (experimental filmmaker and painter, artist of documenta14
in Kassel and Athens) which is known for its focus on identity/gender topics and
the trans-aspect in art (as in the transposition between artistic media, the
transition between sexual categories, the transgression of borders limiting the
exploration of new libidinous economies etc.).
The positions united in this exhibition reflect this transitive aspect in
various ways: the encounter of different cultural backgrounds with contemporary
western subcultures and socio-political discourses, the shifting of set pieces
of myth, folklore, high and low culture, trash and glamour, the exploration of
alternate identities as a means of self-empowerment, the use of the body as a
translator of various languages and codes as well as the prima materia of
artistic expression from which further alchemical transmutations of desire
emanate. Intergalactic matriarchy, queer utopia, decolonisation of the body,
LGBT-activism, postporn and non-binary club cultureare just a few keywords which
describe the artistic field presented in this exhibition. As such QUEER
ENCOUNTERS - VIENNA TRANS L. A. covers a variety of artistic fields such as
painting, photography, video and installation with a special emphasis on
interdisciplinary methods and collaborations between artists.
A part of the exhibition will be dedicated to the Austrian custome jewelry
designer Countess Cis Zoltowska, who relocated from Vienna to Los Angeles in the
1960s and lived in West Hollwood until her death in 2004.
Participating artists: Florian Aschka, Pedra Costa, Zoe Dewitt, Andi Dvorák,
Mirabella Dziruni, Veronika Eberhart, Julia Fuchs, Julia S. Goodman, Moritz
Gottschalk, Larissa Kopp, Roberta Lima, Rini Mitra, Alfred Morina, Hyeji Nam,
Danielle Pamp, Michal Rutz, Berivan Sayici, Sir Meisi &
Kozek Hörlonski, Marianne Vlaschits, Julia Zastava and Countess Cis Zoltowska.