Archive for the ‘Artists’ Category

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November 12, 2009

Daily Newspaper “Gazeta Shqiptare” 30.10.2009
An interview with Peggy Meinfelder

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Daily Newspaper “Panorama” 30.10.2009
An interview with Petrit Kumi

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Daily Newspaper “Gazeta Shqiptare” 29.10.2009

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Daily Newspaper “Shekulli” 29.10.2009

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Daily Newspaper “Gazeta Shqip” 29.10.2009
An interview with Roland Albrecht

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Istvan Laszlo / Untitled (R89)

October 18, 2009

Istvan Laszlo
Untitled (R89), Video loop 3’00”, 2007–2009

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Romanian artist Istvan Laszlo’s video not only deals with the revolution of 1989, but at the same time it’s about the functionality of human memorisation. Based on a single image he creates a film: a photograph from December 1989, meanwhile an icon, is dissolving more and more. If it is because of dispersed dust or because of a clouded mode of memory stays open. The photo shows a military vehicle, occupied by civilists who are swaying flags and gesturing wildly. They are crowded together, highly agitated, involuntary the painting Medusa’s raft from Gericault comes up to mind (the ikon of the French revolution) and you can hardly hear them scream. Istvan Laszlo’s video analyses the way we relate to history through photo video remakes/documentation and the way that history can be distorted and reinterpreted, understood and misunderstood through photo video documentation. It also comments on the Romanian revolution and the media‘s power to manipulate the masses.

Istvan Laszlo
Born in 1981 in Tirgu Mures, Romania. Lives and works
in Dublin, Ireland and Tirgu Mures, Romania.
2004–06 New Media Technology College, Dublin,
Ireland 1999–03 University of Art & Design, Cluj, Romania
Solo exhibition:
2002 Grandma in the city, Atash Gallery, Cluj, Romania
Selected group exhibitions:
2009 Preset Adjustments, Plan B Gallery, Berlin ››› Track
Changes, Wilkinson Gallery, London, Great Britain ›››
Portraits of the Artists as Young Artists, andreianamihailgallery,
Bucharest, Romania 2008 Show 1, Plan-B
Gallery, Berlin, Germany ››› On The Spot, Anaid Gallery,
Bucharest, Romania 2006 Darklight, VU Space,
Melbourne, Australia ››› Darklight, Dublin
2004 Art for the masses, Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu,
Romania ››› Art for the masses, Protokoll, Cluj, Romania
››› Biennale de Paris 2003 Docu-Fiction, University of
Architecture, Bucharest, Romania ››› Re:location 4,
Casino Luxembourg ››› Re: location 2, Cluj / Linz,
Austria ››› Inflexible Clash, Institute of Contemporary
Art, Dunaujvaros, Hungary 2002 Coleurs Locale,
Fortress Gallery, Targu Mures, Romania ››› Super Us /
Supernova, Casa Matei, Cluj, Romania ››› Supernova,
Sindan Cultural Center, Cluj, Romania ››› Supernova,
Atash Gallery, Cluj, Romania ››› A.E., Casa Tranzit, Cluj,

Stephan Balkenhol / Frau (woman)

October 18, 2009

Stephan Balkenhol
Frau (woman), relief, cottonwood, 240 × 102 × 14 cm, 2000

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Stephan Balkenhol is not only present at numerous international exhibitions with his sculptures, but many of his works are displayed in the public space all over the world. They always bear relation to the place where they are located, often with a subtle humour. Contrary to the common trend of abstraction in Western art since the 70’s, the sculptor concentrated from the outset on figurative works which he mostly covers with color. Despite their monumental size, they are by no means like the monumental memorial art that was still common in socialist countries at that time. The characters the artist portrays are no celebrities, not even beauties. They are people like you and me, just normal, »carved from simple wood«. At Enver Hoxha’s time they surely wouldn’t have had access to Hotel Dajti … In this exhibition, the relief »woman« (which has a counterpart, »man«), represents the observer, the contemporary witness. She looks at all events with a certain imperturbability, knowing that she won’t change the course of the world.

Stephan Balkenhol

Born in 1957 in Fritzlar, West-Germany. Lives and works
in Meisenthal, France, Karlsruhe and Berlin, Germany
Education: 1976–82 Academy of Arts, Hamburg
(Prof. Rückriem)
Teaching experience:
1988–89 Academy of Arts, Hamburg 1990–91
Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main since 1992
Professor for sculpture, Academy of Arts, Karlsruhe
Selected solo exhibitions:
2007 Museum der Moderne, Salzburg ››› Kabinett für
Aktuelle Kunst, Bremerhaven ››› PAC, Milano ››› Gallery
Forsblom, Helsinki ››› Gallery Tomio Koyama, Tokio
2006 Staatliche Kunsthalle Baden-Baden ››› Regen
Projects. Los Angeles ››› Galleri Bo Bjerggaard,
Kopenhagen ››› MKM Duisburg 2005 The National
Museum of Art, Osaka ››› Galería Pepe Cobo, Madrid
2004 Galería OMR, Mexiko-City 2003 Le rectangle.
Lyon ››› Sprengel Museum, Hannover 2002 Galerie
Pepe Cobo, Sevilla (regularly since 2002) 2001
Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de
Compostela Galería ››› OMR, Mexiko-City ››› Fries
Museum, Leeuwarden ››› Museum der Bildenden
Künste, Leipzig ››› Dogenhaus Galerie, Leipzig
2000 The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati
Recent group exhibitions:
2007 works on paper, Galerie Bernd Klüser, Munich ›››
Sculpture Grande Prague 07 ››› 10. Triennale Kleinplastik,
Fellbach 2006 La Force de l’art, Grand Palais, Paris
2005 Karlsruher Figuration, Würth collection, Arlesheim

Nikolin Bujari / Slogans

October 18, 2009

Nikolin Bujari
Slogans, installation, dimensions flexible

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Albania experienced one of the most brutal dictatorships in Europe, with the country totally isolated on every front. The Communist system made ideological visual images omnipresent using slogans that were placed on central and cultural spaces: »Albania is a granite stronghold«, »Glory to PPSH«, »Glory to Marxism and Leninism«, »Agriculture is an issue for all«, »Eight hours of work not eight hours at work« etc. After the 1990s the desire to be European was uncontrollable. Among some of the more powerful slogans of the time were: »Freedom and Democracy«,»We want Albania to be like all of Europe«, and the more recent ones being »Bush, great friend of the Albanians«, »Albania in NATO«, »Albania in the EU«, »Albania is changing«, etc. Nikolin Bujari will install some of these slogans from both periods in various places, shapes, and sizes in the spaces of the Hotel Dajti.

Nikolin Bujari
Born in 1984 in Tirana, Albania. Lives and works in Tirana.
1998–02 »Prenke Jakova« Art High School in Shkodra,
Albania 2002–06 Academy of Fine Arts, Tirana (Prof.
Edi Hila) 2006-07 guest student at HfG, Karlsruhe,
Germany (Prof. Mischa Kuball)
Selected exhibitions:
2008 my space 01. Tirana–Berlin, Gallery of the Academy
of Fine Arts, Tirana ››› my space 03. Tirana–Berlin, Haus
am Lützowplatz, Berlin, Germany 2007 Pa(varesia), National
Gallery of Arts, Tirana ››› Hila-Kuball, National Gallery
of Arts, Tirana ››› International MitOst-Festival, Görlitz,
Germany ››› Media art exhibition 1234567, HfG, Karlsruhe,
Germany ››› Video installation of 1A18 Plattform, lothringer
13/Spiegel, Munich, Germany 2006 AMC prize for contemporary
art, Tirana ››› Urban action »Bus-stop«, 1-60 insurgentspace,
Tirana ››› Tirana Transfer, Badischer Kunstverein,
Karlsruhe, Germany ››› Ap 1+1, private apartment,
Tirana ››› Searching the videoart, Galeria e vogël, Tirana
2005 Tirana Bienale 3, in collaboration with Andreja Kuluncic,
Tirana ››› Performance with Salvadore Falci, Skenderbeu
square, Tirana ››› Exhibition at Kunsthochschule
Kassel, Germany ››› One minute video exhibition, Piramida,
Tirana ››› The sight does not let the things unchanghed, art
Gallery, Shkodra, Albania
2008 Residency at , Graz, Austria 2007
Gueststudent at Badischer Kunstverein/HfG, Karlsruhe
2006 Cross Kick, Tirana-Transfer, Tirana, Albania
››› First prize for contemporary art, Albania (AMC prize)

Uros Djuric / God loves the dreams of the Serbian Artists

October 18, 2009

God loves the dreams of the Serbian Artists, C-prints, each 30 × 40 cm, 1992–today

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The referential idea in the creation of the Populist project was based on the thesis that Populism has these days become the supreme ideology, replacing the well-known Social Utopias. As we all know, Communism and Socialism have lost their battle. After the total defeat of Eastern Bloc, the flag of social emancipation is in the hands of ›Declarative Democrats‹. Populism is becoming, in these new circumstances, the transparent territory for the promotion of the New Values. Its promotional territories were part of serious confrontations and/or links between upper and lower classes throughout the whole history of the 20th century, which comprised sports, sexual liberation movements and popular culture. Populist project tries to explore these territories and uses all of the three parts (segments) to pervert the fights for social, class and sexual emancipation. The first issue contains three different segments: God loves the Dreams of Serbian artists, Celebrities and Hometown Boys. Its intention was to show the interactions between star-system and identity, and it was realized as a web art project. In God loves the dreams of Serbian artists, which is shown
here, the artist was photographed together with the world’s most popular football players of today in the form of a new icon.

Uros Djuric
Born in 1964 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia.
Studied art history and painting in Belgrade. Took part
in Belgrade punk movement in the early Eighties (Urban
Guerrilla) 1989 foundation of the Autonomist (anti)
movement with Stevan Markuš 1994 they published
the »Autonomism Manifesto«. Appears in several feature
films & documentaries, graphic designer and DJ.
Founder of Remont gallery & art magazine. Since 1992
collaboration with Belgrade Radio B92.
Recent solo exhibitions:
2008 A Short View to the Populist Dreamland, Art Point
gallery, Vienna 2007 Pioneers, Heroes & Other
Dedicated Life-Long Decadents (+ Julia Kissina), 18m
Gallery, Berlin ››› 7 Steps to Power, New Moment Gallery,
Belgrade 2006 Return of the Dead Painter with New
Problems / part 2, SKC Gallery, Belgrade ››› Return of the
Dead Painter … / part 1, Zvono Gallery, Belgrade
Recent group exhibitions:
2009 On Normality. Art from Serbia 1989–2001,
Museum of Modern Art, Klagenfurt ››› On Normality, The
Katzen Arts Center at American University, Washington
DC 2008 Experimenta Folklore, Frankfurter Kunstverein
››› Mediations Biennale, Muzeum Narodowe, Poznan ›››
Walls in the Street, Siemens Art Programme / Museum of
Contemporary Art, Belgrade ››› Micro-narratives, Musée
d’Art moderne de Saint-Etienne 2007 Land of Promises,
Espace Apollonia, Strasbourg ››› Overexposures, The Art
Museum, Timisoara 2006 1:0, 18m Gallery, Berlin

Jakup Ferri / Two names

October 18, 2009

Jakup Ferri
Two names, Video, 15 min, 2008

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Jakup Ferri, one of the most successful Kosovo artists, uses himself as the subject of his works in the video. The topics treated in his works, simple and naive at first glance, are related to the world and the system of art in which the artist tries to position himself. During the last few years, Ferri has lived in different countries around Europe, facing different realities and existences by living as a nomad. The video Two Names was created in 2008. Guiding us through his home, the artist goes through his clothes trying to remember whether they were part of his journeys or not. The two »names« used in this video are »they have gone« or »they didn’t go« on the plane. These clothes shape a kind of memory mosaic and memories that the artist has taken with him from his home country, others from the place where he lives, and most of which travel with him around the world. The video creates a personal and warm atmosphere, though the life and movements of the artist remain anonymous.

Jakup Ferri
Born in 1981 in Prishtina, Kosova.
Lives and works in Amsterdam and Prishtina.
Education / Residencies:
2001–04 Academy of Arts, Prishtina. 2004 Cultural
City Network Graz, Austria. 2004 International
Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) New-York
2004 NIFCA, West Balkan Air, Rooseum Museum,
Malmo 2005 KulturKontakt Austria, Vienna 2007-08
Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten, Amsterdam.
Solo exhibitions:
2009 De Expeditie, Amsterdam ››› De Meerse, Hoofd-
dorp 2006 Artists Space, New York ››› Galerie Adler,
Frankfurt am Main ››› 1.60insurgent space, Tirana.
Selected group exhibitions:
2009 Coalesce: Happenstance, Amsterdam ››› Standard
of living , Graz ››› 28th Graphic Bienalle, Ljubl-
jana ››› Niet Normaal, van Berlage, Amsterdam 2008
Buning Brongers Prijzen, Amsterdam ››› U-TURN Quadrennial
for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen ››› Open
Ateliers, Rijksakademie, Amsterdam ››› Quartett, Tanas,
Berlin ››› Dis-Ease, Durban, South Africa ››› For now we
are here, Villa Romana, Florenz ››› Return of the art dead,
Divus Unit 30, London ››› Plazma, Siemens_artLab, Vienna
››› Alpha 2000 – The »Europe’s Future« art prize, GfZK,
Leipzig 2007 PAWNSHOP, e-flux, New York ››› Absolute
Beginners, Milano ››› e-flux Video Rental, Arthouse
Texas, Austin 2006 This is not America, ByArt, Tel Aviv ›››
e-flux Video Rental, KW Institute for Contemporary Art,
Berlin 2004 Love it or leave it, Cetinje biennale 2003
In den Schluchten des Balkan, Fridericianum, Kassel.

Driton Hajredini / The wall is getting bigger

October 18, 2009

Driton Hajredini
The wall is getting bigger, oil on canvas, 300 × 500 cm, 2006

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At first sight the painting of Hajredini looks like a photo from piled up suitcases in a bagage depot or a lost&found office. Looking more precisely and knowing the series of the artist’ suitcase-paintings, they reveal a paradox statement, condensing two concepts: Mobility and nomadism have increased in today’s world (Exodus of refugees, econimic emigrantion, asylum, tourism …), and at the same tim this nomadism stays within static borders, that are kind of a metaphor fort his coming and going. The paintings are more subtle than it seems. In the 90s Hajredini fled from the civil wars in Ex-Yugoslavia and lived in Germany where he studied art, using a false name. He was discovered and got into trouble with the german administration. Of course you can interprete his painting in this direction, but you can also see another level: Europe as microcosmos of the world that at the same time raises hope and builds up insuperable walls. (Shkëlzen Maliqi)

Driton Hajredini

Born in 1970 in Prishtina, Kosova.
Lives and works in Prishtina.
2003–2006 Visual Arts (class Daniele Buetti), Art
Academy, Münster, Germany 1999–2003 Art High
Education, Art Academy, Prishtina, Kosovao.
Solo exhibitions:
2008 The Wall, GAK, Prishtina, Kosovo
2007 Is it a sin …, Art Point Gallery Vienna, Austria
Selected group exhibitions:
2009 Discipline in public space. Prishtina ››› Who killed
the painting? Works from the Block Collection, Neues
Museum Weserburg, Bremen ››› Prague Biennale 4 ›››
George-Maciunas-Awardees, Nassauischer Kunstverein
Wiesbaden ››› Who killed the painting? Neues
Museum Nürnberg 2008 Where the East ends,
Kunstverein Wiesbaden ››› Exception – Contemporary Art
Scene of Prishtina, Novi Sad, Serbia ››› Berlinale – Talent
Campus, Berlin, Germany ››› Call and Response, New
Museum, New York, United States 2006 Kulturkontakt
Austria, Vienna, Austria ››› Leonhardi
Kultur Projekte, Frankfurt, Germany 2005 PS122 New York, United
States ››› Film Festival, Münster, Germany ››› Beton Salon,
Museumsquartier, Vienna ››› EMAF Osnabrück, Germany
››› Kunstfilmbiennale, Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Grants / Awards / Residencies:
2007 NRW Kunststiftung, Düsseldorf, Germany
2005 Kultur Kontakt Austria, residency, Vienna, Austria
››› NIFCA, residency, Reykjavik, Iceland
2003 First Prize, Video Fest Prishtina, Kosovo

Petrit Kumi / Retrospective

October 18, 2009

Petrit Kumi
Retrospektive, photographs, various dimensions

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The photographer Petrit Kumi presents a retrospective of his artistic photography. After World War II, this young ambitious man began to follow the path of art and specifically of photography, later becoming one of the most renowned photojournalists in Albania. Photography, the passion that has accompanied him throughout his life, continues to be an indispensable part of his life to this day. One part of his oeuvre, which spans 50 years, will be made available to the Albanian public for the first time. Scenes from everyday life, landscapes, life in cities and villages, artistic and cultural life, sports, politics, and many other areas that have passed before the lens of this artist, appear to take us back in time. In these photographs, one notices a sense of optimism and a desire for development and progress, a type of translation of the ideology of socialist realism — which Kumi could not have avoided in the system to which he belonged and by which he had to abide. Petrit Kumi has an archive of thousands of negatives, part of which has now been digitised, thus creating an important archive of his personal work, which documents the history of the Albanian people
over the last 50 years.

Petrit Kumi
Born in 1930 in Elbasan, Albania.
Lives and works in Tirana, Albania.
1944–45 High school in Elbasan (which he suspended
because of the Second World War) 1960–64 Art High
School in Tirana, Professor Buza 1950–60 Illustrator
for the magazine »Friendship« and the supplement
»The soviet worker« 1960- Photo reporter for »ATSH«
(Albanian News Agency) 1963–87 Photo reporter for
the magazine »Star« 1966 Internship at the Chinese
News Agency in Beijing China 1985–90 Director of
the Albanian News Agency 1990 until today- Owner
of the first private photo studio and agency in Albania
Participated in many exhibitions in
different countries: Albania, Kosovo, Italy, Serbia,
France, Turkey, USA, China, ect.
1960 First prize in »Moscow World Sport Photo
Exhibition«, Russia 1969 Prize for young photographers
Belgrade, Serbia 1972 Winner of the
National Photo Exhibition, Tirana 1989 Order »Naim
Frashri«, Title »Artist of Honour«, Albania 2005 Prize
»Anton Mazreku« for Photo Sport Reporter, Albania
1961 Photo Album »Albania«
1967-1969 Photo Album »Albanian Women«
1974 Photo Album »Poem for Albanian Women«

Peggy Meinfelder / 100 Westmark

October 18, 2009

Peggy Meinfelder
100 Westmark, Installation, dimensions flexible, 2004

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When there were two German states, each of them had its own currency: D-Mark and DDR-Mark. In the Eastern part, the hard currency of the capitalist neighbor was rare – and useful if you wanted to go shopping in one of the special shops who offered western articles [Intershop]. After the fall of the Wall in 1989, every inhabitant of East Germany was given 100 D-Mark as so called »welcome money«. For her installation 100 Westmark Peggy Meinfelder collected the things that the former GDR-residents bought with this money. Each of the articles is marked with the name and birthdate of the buyer, completed by short comments on their reasons for for making the purchase.

Peggy Meinfelder
Born in 1975 in Hildburghausen, German Democratic
Republic (GDR). Lives and works in Munich, Germany.
1993–1996 apprenticeship for stonecutting in
Bamberg 1996–98 journeyman’s years of service,
work as a restaurator of stone 1998–99 Study of
product design at the Academy of Arts, Stuttgart
1999–2001 Study of free arts at the Bauhaus-University,
Weimar 2001–04 Guest student at the Academy
of Arts, Munich, Department of Sculpture (Prof. Olaf
Metzel) 2004 Diploma at Bauhaus-University Weimar
Solo exhibition:
2009 Kompakter Ereignishorizont/ Kunstbunker/ Nürnberg
2007 Revision der Produktion/ Lothringer 13/ München
2006 My first 100 Westmark, Municipal Gallery of
Sonneberg, Germany
Selected group exhibitions:
2009 Monument to Transformation, City Gallery, Prague-Bucharest
››› Facbebook – between empathy and abstraction, Gallery Baer, Dresden-Berlin
Die ersten Jahre der Professionalität, BBK, Munich ›››
2008 850 Revisited, with ‘Expedition Medora’, ZKMax, Munich
Club 500, Kunsthaus, Erfurt 2007 Nostalgia, Haus Ungarn, Berlin
›››100 Jahre Ernst Dichter, Masc Foundation, Vienna
Final Couwntdown, Steinle Gallery, München ›››
KaDeOs, Johannesstr. 36-38, Kunsthaus Erfurt
2006 youth and music, Haus der Geschichte, Bonn ›››
Exhibition Marion-Ermer-Award 2006, New Museum
Residencies / Grants / Awards
2006 Marion-Ermer-Award
2008 Work Scholarship for Fine Arts of the Ministery of Education
of Thuringia State Project ››› Scholarship for Fine Arts of the
Bavarian State Capital Munich
2009 DAAD Scholarship Nordatlantik and USA

Kamen Stoyanov / Hello Lenin

October 18, 2009

Kamen Stoyanov
Hello Lenin, Five C-prints, each 40×30 cm, 2003

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The photo series »Hello Lenin« is a documentation of a performance Kamen Stoyanov did in the summer of 2003 in his hometown Rousse in Bulgaria. It shows how he climbed onto empty pedestal, whose statue had been removed 19 years ago. The statue of Lenin was formerly located there. Stoyanov wanted to demonstrate how the statue had disappeared but not its ideology; it was just replaced by a new one. Stoyanov’s »conquest« of the pedestal can be seen as a paraphrase for this renewal of ideologies. The gap caused by the fall of Communism is being filled by the new ideology of capitalism, and the artist as a »self-made man« acts as a kind of caricature of this ideology.

Kamen Stoyanov
Born in 1977 in Rousse, Bulgaria
Lives and works in Vienna, Austria
2005 Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria
Selected solo exhibitions:
2008 At Arm’s Length, Museum Moderner Kunst
Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Austria 2006 Less Politics,
Plattform, Raum für Kunst, Vienna, Austria
Selected group exhibitions:
2008 Manifesta 7, Trentino, South Tyrol, Italy ››› For a
happier tomorrow, Gallery Tom Christoffersen, Copenhagen,
Denmark ››› In Passing 1, Künstlerhauspassage,
Vienna, Austria 2007 Night comers,
Videoscreening, International Istanbul Biennial,
Turkey ››› Lange nicht gesehen. Begegnungen
mit dem Museum auf Abruf, MUSA, Vienna, Austria
2006 Last Minute, Galerie für
Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig, Germany ››› Shrinking
Cities, Rousse Art Gallery, Rousse, Bulgaria ››› Every Day,
Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria 2005 Play
Sofia, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria ››› Update,
Künstlerhaus, Vienna, Austria 2004 Reproduction
without alternative, ATA Center for Contemporary Art,
Sofia, Bulgaria 2003 Blood & Honey, Sammlung Essl
Collection, Klosterneuburg, Vienna, Austria
2008 European Future Art Award, Gallery for
Contemporary Art, Leipzig, Germany 2007 MUMOK
Prize, Viennafair, Austria