Bathing in the crowd is going to be taboo for a long time to come, as social distancing becomes the new order of the day. At the same time, the world comes closer, bathing in virtual spaces has become a daily habit, international contacts are intensified. Responding to the Covid-19 lockdown in Spring 2020, Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus Graz has divided its 200 sqm exhibition space into a strict grid of 15 squares, within which artists from the Schaumbad studios and their surrounding started to present their current works at an appropriate distance from others. The exhibition deals with enforced restrictions and their effects. The squares are like windows in a facade, which can be opened by viewers to afford them a glimpse into the inner state of things. The grid is fixed, but the contents are variable. The “1st wave” was launched in the middle of July. Concept: Alexandra Gschiel, Andrea Sadjak, Eva Ursprung.
The 3rd wave was part of the Parallel Program of Steirischer Herbst 2020. For this, Schaumbad invited artists to send images, descriptions and concepts of their works done in the time of isolation, or referring to this situation and its effects. A jury chose 15 works for the show by the following artists:
Sandra Araújo (PT), Artterror (Milica Lapčević & Vladimir Šojat/RS), An-An Chen (TW) & J Triangular (CO), Jennifer Eckert (DE), Emil Gruber (AT), Nina Hoechtl (MX/AT), In Her Interior (Virginia Barratt & Francesca da Rimini/AU), Ulrich Kaufmann & Gertrude Moser-Wagner (AT), Scott Kildall (US) & Manu Luksch (UK/AT), Flora Könemann (DE) & Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka (AT/DE), Maternal Fantasies (DE), Boryana Rossa (US/BG), Angelika Thon (AT), Myriam Thyes (DE/CH), Milena Živković (ME).
Jury: Katrin Bucher-Trantow (chief curator, Kunsthaus Graz), Birgit Kulterer (arthistorian, curator, collection of the city of Graz), Wenzel Mraček (arthistorian, journalist, im Vorstand der Kunsthalle Graz).
- Invitation, PDF (3 Mb)
Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus Graz
8020 Graz, Austria