Lilo Nein's work investigates the conditions of 'artistic speaking'.
Nein explores the qualities and characteristics of materials, and the possibilities of different techniques in order to realize different concepts. She explores architectural structures, as well as economic and institutional structures to reveal their foundations. For Nein, artistic practice means to act within these conditions and to gain agency from her interactions with them. Lilo Nein's exhibition at Project Space is an extension of her project Writing Performance, which is a long-term investigation into the function of writing within performance and collaborative-based practice.
In her exhibited project, Nein unpicks the notion of writing and translation in relation to performance. In 2016, she re-engaged a series of previously built sculptures, bringing them together into a single exhibition and inviting Austrian art professionals to write a short text about each. These texts then became the lyrics to songs for the project's second iteration. During the residency in Melbourne, these texts have been translated into English by local artist and curators and co-located with the photographic, sonic and written records of the project's previous iterations as a means of exploring and considering the different kinds of spaces produced through interpretation and translation.
About the artist
Lilo Nein (b.1980) is a visual artist based in Vienna/The Hague who works with and on performance and its relation to texts, sculptural installation and other media. Nein studied Fine Arts in Vienna and Hamburg. She has received the Start Stipend (2010) and the State Stipend (2013) for Fine Arts from the Austrian Federal Chancellery, and the Performance Award of Kunstraum Niederösterreich (2012). Nein's works have been shown at the Austria Cultural Forum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, Salzburg; Salzburger Kunstverein, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna Art Week, MA*GA Art Museum Gallarte Italy, MASS MoCA Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art; Index - The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, and MUSA Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla. Nein is a guest lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Master Artistic Research at Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
Friday 14 July to Thursday 17 August 2017
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