The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna is delighted to introduce the Artists-in-Residence in 2017: Pablo Toulouse and Susana Pilar Delahantes Matienzo (both summer semester), followed by Midori Mitamura and Juliana Dos Santos (both winter semester 2017/18).
Pablo Emanuel Toulouse concluded his studies at the El Instituto de Arte Cinematográfico de la Municipalidad de Avellaneda (IDAC), Buenos Aires, and is till today layout, storyboard illustrator and freelance animator in diverse projects. Since 2013 he teaches Traditional Animation for the studies of Animation at Image Campus (Buenos Aires). He describes his work as developing from the time he was a kid, having two big passions, cinema and illustration. As a teenager he discovered something that combined these two passions in one format and that is animation drawings. His biography is really extensively filled with commercial animation projects as well with counter animation. He sees his time in Vienna at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as a time that will allow him to experiment more on a visual level and develop strategies that induce thinking on animation as a tool of resistance available to everybody.
From March to June 2017 Pablo Toulouse is Artist in Residence at the Academy and will be affiliated with the Studio for Conceptual Art (Post-Conceptual Art Practices) lead by Marina Grzinic.
Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo
“Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo is not an artist. She is a Cuban, black, not perfect, and mortal woman. Her art is only one disguise among many, she has managed to wear in order to be listened to and perceived in her human condition. It is just a pretext, a very well thought out strategy of seduction that allows her to disguise in order to move among the extremes, divide paradox, and then pass quickly from one side of antinomies to the other.
She is mainly a sagacious observer who carefully analyzes human behaviour as well as the basis that supports social relationships; a well prepared anthropologist in her science. Perhaps, this is why Susana´s works are always focused towards unsolved conflicts and take the form of investigations. In this research work she frequently positions herself as the subject in the experiment. I do not know if she is aware of it, but by doing this, Susana always walks upon a loose rope.
In her works Daughter of Yemén (2014), Confrontatión (2015) or El Tanque (2016) the artist investigates her race and gender conditions. She not only marks out herself as a socially conditioned being, susceptible to different forms of discrimination, maltreatments or sufferings but also actively integrates herself into a community whose members have experienced similar circumstances. In this sense she presents herself as a symbol of the collective consciousness of that group, an instrument of denunciation. She initiates forms of mediation, which can be symbolic in some cases, or become real as concrete collective actions, such as for example: the natural hair show organized for the 12th Havana Biennial called Lo llevamos rizo.”
Extract from the essay: ¨Susana Pilar upon a loose rope, or, related the frightful consciousness from the distance among the extremes¨ by Blanca Victoria López, art critic and curator, Contemporary Art Center Wifredo Lam, Havana.
From April to June 2017 Susana Pilar Delahante Matienzo is Artist in Residence at the Academy and will be affiliated with the Studio for Art and Digital Media lead by Constanze Ruhm.
Juliana dos Santos
Juliana dos Santos is a visual arts, who works with different art languages. Her research is dedicated to topics concerning gender, race and class on Afro-Latin diasporas and focusing the dialectical process of negotiations between violence and resistence. In a more intimate sphere she rescues familiar knowledge and experiences of to be and to live in the white hegemonic world and these stories become material for performances, art, video and dance installations. Moreover, the public spaces are the scenarium where she perfoms the daily utopias thinking about the city's imaginary policies. She travels through the history, memory and identity of the diverse range of black people and the experience of being black to the composition of visual, body and sound's narratives of resistence amid the visible and invisible dimensions of the living experience.
From October 2017 to January 2018 Juliana Dos Santos is Artist in Residence at the Academy and Dos Santos will be affiliated with the Studio for Contextual Painting lead by Ashley Hans Scheirl.
Midori Mitamura is living and working in Tokyo and has exhibited her works widely around the world. In 2006, she held a solo exhibition at the Secession in Vienna.
Her installations structure space through the combination of various materials such as photos, images, music, language, and found objects. And then they pretend "a drama which people can venture into" to discover stories drawn from personal memories.
From October 2017 to January 2018 Midori Mitamura is Artist in Residence at the Academy and will be affiliated with the Studio for Performative Art lead by Carola Dertnig.