Structures of thought

Sonja Gangl, Untitled #57, 2017.

Works by leading contemporary Austrian artists, including photography, video, paintings and sculptures, are part of the Structures of Thought, an exhibition hosted by Sofia's Structura Gallery. The Austrian Embassy in Sofia co-organises the event with the Gallery.

The exhibition is part of the Austrian EU Council Presidency and includes works by Sabine Bitter/Helmut Weber, VALIE EXPORT, Sonja Gangl, Maria Hahnenkamp, Christoph Weber, Franz West and Heimo Zobernig. Walter Seidl is the curator in collaboration with Maria Vassileva.

The exhibition raises the question of how the body and architectural restrictions intertwine in a manner affecting the development of societal structures of space. Artists like Christoph Weber, Franz West and Heimo Zobernig are concerned with formal structures that relate to modernist thinking but at the same time shape our perception of space and the modalities of how the subject can be placed within a certain environment.

The work of Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber was created specifically for this exhibition. Bitter and Weber took Valentin Starchev's monument “1300 Years of Bulgaria” as a starting point, reflecting on what happens to the collective social memory of a city when a specific time-frame of history that is attached to an object or architecture is removed from the urban timeline. On photographic wallpaper, they refer to the fragmented history not only of this monument but to the history it represented.

Since 1993, Vienna and Vancouver based artists Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber have worked on projects addressing cities, architecture, and the politics of representation and of space. Their series of photo- and video-works like University Paradox, Plugged In/ Fenced Out, Bronzeville, Caracas Hecho en Venezuela, Living Megastructures, and their projects for Differentiated Neighbourhoods of New Belgrade engage with specific moments and logics of the global-urban change as they take shape in neighbourhoods, architecture, and everyday life. Since 2004, they are members of the cultural collective Urban Subjects US (Bitter/Derksen/Weber).

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