anna jermolaewa, 7 artists
anna jermolaewa, 7 artists
anna jermolaewa, 7 artists

anna jermolaewa


7 artists' projects in Etsdorf-Haitzendorf, 2000

The Etsdorf Kultur und Wirtschaft Kunstverein (Culture and Commerce Arts Society) launched a series of projects drawing from the specific situation of the nine Etsdorf-Haitzendorf communities in collaboration with the Lower Austrian culture department, Kunst im öffentlichen Raum. The concept envisaged providing the invited artists with region-wide possibilities to react to the different communities within the area as a historic, social or other constellation. The participating artists engaged with the many layers of the local structures in different ways, whereby the challenge in the situation for them lay in finding their work in another context, i.e. to see it exposed, as in a clearly defined art space (Daschner, Jermolaewa, Gangl). Some of the artworks, though, could only be the result of the specific situation (Theuretzbacher, Deutschbauer, Baumüller/Hofmann). The artists found approaches and forms to realise their projects that showed almost the full spectrum of what is today seen as a progressive strategy for art in public space.

"Ohne Titel" (Untitled)
Anna Jermolaewa used clockwork toys for her photographs and videos. What looks comical at first glance, incidental or familiar, and transports subliminal East-West clichés, does in fact make a precise statement due to the unambiguous setting of the artwork. In Engabrunn she placed an image between the church and the kindergarten, and a kennel with video at the beginning of Walkersdorf. The apparent levity of the objects tips with the composition in almost oppressive close-up, the initial joke froze and got lost in the opposite significance.

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