International Studio Programme : January - February 2015

Dora García

Artist

Spanish artist Dora García uses a range of media including performance, video, text and installation. Her practice investigates the conditions that shape the encounter between the artist, the artwork and the viewer, focusing more particularly on the notions of duration, access and readability. García’s pieces often involve staging unscripted scenarios that elicit doubt as to the fictional or spontaneous nature of a given situation, setting rules of engagement or using recording devices to frame both conscious and unconscious forms of spectator participation. García’s work also explores the political potential rooted in marginal positions, paying homage through several works to eccentric and often anti-heroic personas. Dora García has participated in dOCUMENTA13 (2012), Biennale di Venezia (2011), São Paulo Biennial (2010), Lyon Biennale (2009), the Biennale of Sydney (2008), Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007) and Istanbul Biennial (2003) among others.


Apolonija Sustersic

Architect and Artist

Apolonija Šušteršič is an architect and visual artist. Her work is related to a critical analysis of space; usually focused at the processes and relationships between institutions, cultural politics, urban planning and architecture. Her broad – ranging interest starts at phenomenological study of space and continues its investigation into social and political nature of our living environment. She usually makes extensive researches into specific situations found on location, which she uses as a starting point of her project. The result isn’t only presented as analytical criticism but it produces in itself already a suggestion for the future. She pursues new possibilities and makes proposals from a hybrid point of view that ranges beyond art and architecture, making socially committed works naturally taking the form of everyday life activity. Her practice is imbedded within interdisciplinary discourse and usually includes collaborations with other professionals such as architects, urban planners, curators, sociologists, and local population. Together with architect and professor at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm Meike Schalk, she formed an operative unit which occasionally produces research, projects, actions and discussions. Apolonija Šušteršič participated in a number of internationally published and exhibited projects and exhibitions within and beyond the international contemporary art institutions around the world, like Moderna Museet Stockholm, Berlin Bienale 2, Luxembourg City of Culture, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Marian Goodman, Paris, De Appel, Amsterdam, Generali Foundation, Vienna, Art Museum, University of Memphis, USA, Tirana Biennale 3, Tirana, Muhka, Antwerp, Edinburgh International Festival, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Galerie für Zeitgenossische Kunst, Leipzig, 12th Architecture Biennale, Venice and Artes Mundi 5, among others. She has a PhD from University of Lund, Malmö Art Academy, Sweden; and runs her own art / architecture studio practice in Lund, Sweden and in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Recently she was appointed as a professor in visual art at Oslo National Academy for the Arts, to build up the MA studies under title Art & Public Space.