GRAZLJUBLJANA – Veronika Hauer – Maja Babič Košir

GRAZLJUBLJANA
Veronika Hauer | Maja Babič Košir
10.05.–19.06.2024

Eine Kooperation zwischen Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill und Ravnikar Gallery Space Ljubljana.

Die Ausstellung GRAZLJUBLJANA entspringt der Idee die beiden geografisch nahen Städte Graz und Ljubljana und deren Kunstszenen durch eine gemeinsame Ausstellung stärker zu vernetzen. Auf Initiative der Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill wurde die Galerie Ravnikar mit der von ihr vertretenen Künstlerin Maja Babič Košir eingeladen eine Ausstellung mit der in Graz lebenden Künstlerin Veronika Hauer zu gestalten.
So bespielen beide Künstlerinnen jeweils einen Raum der Galerie mit ihren aktuellsten Arbeiten: Love is Real (Maja Babič Košir) und blue and melting (Veronika Hauer). Im mittleren Ausstellungsraum im Herzen der Galerie, treffen sich die Künstlerinnen in einem Zusammenspiel ihrer Arbeiten und zeigen so subtile Gemeinsamkeiten ihrer künstlerischen Auseinandersetzung, wie etwa die Schichtung von Material und Linie.

Maja Babič Košir zeigt ihre neueste Arbeit Love is Real im ersten Raum der Galerie und lädt in ihren Arbeiten zu einer intimen Erkundung von Verlust und Erinnerung ein. Durch eine zutiefst persönliche Linse navigiert sie durch die Komplexität der Trauer nach dem Tod ihres Vaters und verwandelt Gefundenes aus den Archiven ihrer Familie zu Monumenten der Konfrontation und uns so einlädt, uns mit unserer eigenen Sterblichkeit auseinanderzusetzen und letztendlich Trost in unserer Fähigkeit zu lieben zu finden.

Veronika Hauer greift in ihrer neuesten Installation blue and melting die sogenannte Affenkapelle der Porzellanfabrik Meissen motivisch auf. In den gezeigten Tuschezeichnungen verschwimmen und verschmelzen die barock gekleideten, musizierenden Affen und legen ein Zerrbild des menschlichen Blickes auf ihr Gegenüber frei. Ein übergroßer schmelzender Pinienzapfen mit eingesetzten Glasperlen persifliert zusätzlich Objekte der sogenannten artgerechten Tierhaltung.

A cooperation between Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill and Ravnikar Gallery Space Ljubljana
The exhibition GRAZLJUBLJANA arises from the idea of ​​connecting the two geographically close cities of Graz and Ljubljana and their art scenes more closely through a joint exhibition. On the initiative of Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Ravnikar Gallery Space and artist Maja Babič Košir were invited to create an exhibition together with Graz-based artist Veronika Hauer.
While each artist will show her most current work in an individual room of the gallery – Love is Real by Maja Babič Košir and blue and melting by Veronika Hauer, their practises will collide in the room situated at the heart of the gallery. Here, both artists meet in an interplay of their works and show subtle similarities in their artistic engagement, such as the layering of material and lines.

Maja Babič Košir shows her newest installation Love is Real and invites us to an intimate exploration of loss and memory. Through a deeply personal lens, she navigates the complexities of grief following the death of her father, transforming found objects from her family’s archives into vessels of confrontation and thus invites us to confront our own mortality and ultimately, to find solace in our capacity to love.

Veronika Hauer`s newest installation blue and melting uses the so-called monkey chapel of the porcelain factory Meissen as a motif. Here, the monkeys playing music blur and merge, revealing a distorted image of the human gaze on their counterparts. An oversized melting pine cone with inserted glass beads satirized objects of so-called species-appropriate animal husbandry.

Veronika Hauer
Born 1981 in Klosterneuburg (AT) lives and works in Graz (AT). Veronika Hauer holds a Master’s degree in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths College London and a Master’s degree in Art and Communication Practices and Textiles from the University of Applied Arts Vienna. She also pursued studies of graphic design at the École supérieure d`Arts graphiques in Paris. She was co-founder and editor of the online magazine on contemporary art Nowiswere (2008-2015). From 2010 – 2019 she worked as a lecturer on Performance Art and Performative Practices at the University of Applied Arts Vienna (Department of Art and Communication Practices). The human gaze on monkeys and their contrasting function in European cultural discourse over the centuries are the focus of the current drawings and objects by Veronika Hauer, who has devoted her work to portraits of monkeys several times since 2019. In her drawings, the music-making, singing and conducting monkeys from the so-called monkey chapel by the German porcelain factory Meissen blur and melt, and reveal a distorted image of this only apparently humorous representation of the monkey.
Veronika Hauer`s work is widely presented nationally and internationally in venues such as Project8 Gallery Melbourne, Parallel Vienna, Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill, Kunstverein Baden, Grazer Kunstverein, IG Bildende Kunst Vienna, ICA London, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Glasgow International Festival, <rotor> Graz, Akademie Graz, Forum Stadtpark and Kunsthaus Graz. She is winner of the con-tempus art award and the art funding award of the city of Graz.

Maja Babič Košir
Born in 1978, Ljubljana (SI) Lives and works between Ljubljana (Sl) and Porto (PT) Maja Babič Košir holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. Following her academic journey, she pursued advanced studies in creative illustration and visual communication at EINA University School of Design and Art in Barcelona. Rooted in contemplative, introspective principles, her intuitive creative process draws from personal history and surroundings, translating inner experiences into a visually compelling narrative. The multidimensionality achieved through layering materials in installations challenges decorativeness, reflecting her background in contemporary sculpture. Her practice serves as a transformative archive, embracing imperfections, exploring the plasticity and sensory dimensions of recycled materials found in rich and well-preserved family archives. In her versatile artistic practice, Maja often collaborates with established international artists, such as Duba Sambolec, Nevena Aleksovski, and Diana Tamane. Bound by their common positions as women and artists, through their artistic dialogue and minimalist visual language, the artists explore various contemporary societal issues. She actively participates in international contemporary art fairs and shows, showcasing her work at established venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana, Slovenia; UGM Maribor Art Gallery; Cukrarna in Ljubljana; ARCO Lisboa; SPARK Vienna; NADA Warsaw, Berlin Art Week; Vienna Contemporary; SWAB Barcelona; and Zürich Art Weekend. She has won several awards and acknowledgments, and her works are housed in various private and public collections.

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