Olga Chernysheva – Georg Schöllhammer

Thu, 14 January, 7 p.m.

Olga Chernysheva (born in Moscow) is an internationally renowned representative of Russian contemporary art. She studied at the Moscow Film Academy and the Rijksakademie (Royal Academy of Visual Arts) in Amsterdam. In her work she deals with the social tensions and inconsistencies within Russian society that result from the transition from communism to capitalism. She focuses on stories of daily life and the existential experiences of simple people, which metaphorically reflect history on a grand scale. She lives and works in Moscow.

Georg Schöllhammer is a curator, author and critic. He is the founding editor of the art magazine springerin–Hefte für Gegenwartskunst. He was Chief Editor of documenta 12 between 2004 and 2007 and initiator and head of the documenta 12 magazines; chairman of the Július Koller Society (Bratislava) and of transit.at; co-curator of Manifesta 8 (Murcia, 2010); project manager of Local Modernities (Frankfurt, Berlin) and Sweet Sixties (Istanbul, Vienna). Georg studied architecture, art history and philosophy. He is the author of numerous publications on contemporary art, architecture and art theory. He has curated numerous exhibitions and lectures at international art institutions and universities. He lives and works in Vienna.