EXHIBITION IN GRAZ
Celebrate with me the Aquisition Award of the Province of Styria – on December 14th at the Neue Galerie Graz!
I am incredibly happy and will show the new season of IN THE GLASSHOUSE- only one can be planted!
Exhibition: Award of the Province of Styria
Neue Galerie Graz
Opening: 14.12., 19:00
Curation: Magda Radu
with: Maruša Sagadin, studio ASYNCHROME, Julius Pristauz, Patrick Winkler, Juliana Lindenhofer, Julia Gaisbacher, Lena Violetta Leitner
After an inspiring year in the mentoring program of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, I finally hold the publication in my hands!
I would like to thank Julia Katharina Thiemann for the wonderful text, Nanna Heidenreich for the great mentoring and Barbara Pflanzner for the mentoring program!
In her artistic practice, Lena Violetta Leitner addresses the socio-political conditions of our human coexistence based on how we deal with and think about plants, animals and the nature that surrounds us. Varying levels of individual, personal behavior, feedback, for example with individual, concrete plants, as well as developments in society as a whole are linked together in her artistic works in a subtle way, thus reflecting the interdependencies of our complex reality of life in the post-Antropocene in a critical and humorous way.
With her mostly participation-oriented and collectively created art, Lena Violetta Leitner explores cross-species border crossings in an aesthetic way and questions our human social coexistence and our self-image in the structure of our environment.
structure of our environment. Lena Violetta Leitner’s ironic exaggerations always harbor an explosive core of future-oriented fiction that could rethink and reshape our world.
Julia Katharina Thiemann
PERFORMANCE IN GRAZ
I am super happy that Lily Hassioti invited me during her artist residency in Graz (St.A.i.R) to join her for another collaboration!
We are inviting you now to Calibrating…, by Lily Hassioti and Lena Violetta Leitner.
Embark on a 45 minute long journey along the river Mur with The Calibrator, for a ritual of speculative mapping and collective calibration. A work from the series: Exercises for thinking with the river.
When: 25.11., 3:30-5 pm
Where: Die Flösserei – Stadtstrand Graz, beim Puchsteig
In case of rain, the performance will hapen on the 26th.
Please register under: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly supported by: Die Flösserei, Land Steiermark, Atelier Schillerstraße
VIENNA ART WEEK: OPEN STUDIO DAYS
On November 11th and 12th between 1 and 6 pm the doors to my studio will open! Visit me to get an insight into my creative process.
I am so happy that together with Alexandra Tatar, we will present our brandnew work.
I am still super excited an honoured to have been selected for an acquisition prize by the Province of Styria this year!
Huge thanks to the Province of Styria and the jury, curator Magda Radu!
Together with my DTAFA colleague Ege Kökel we will present DTAFA at the Austrian Kulturforum in Warsaw. The talk is part of the festival “Warsaw Under Construction”.
WARSAW UNDER CONSTRUCTION 15
Austriackie Forum Kultury
I am very happy about the invitation to “open floor” at WUK! I’ll be showing a new work with my collective DTAFA.
opening: 5.10., 18-22h
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, WUK
Projektraum, Währinger Straße 59, 1090 Vienna (AT)
curation: Natalia Gurova, Rafael Lippuner, and adO/Aptive (Janina Weißengruber, Daniel Hüttler)
Please join Alexandra Fruhstorfer and me to Lobau Listening Comprehensions – where we will present the work of our collective DTAFA next to other amazing people.
organisation: Julia Grillmayr, Christina Gruber, Sophia Rut Lobau Listening Comprehensions
Wiltrud Hackl, Fabian Holzinger, Aaron Kimmig, Marie-Andrée Pellerin, Carmina Tarilonte Rodriguez
3pm, Kleine Stadtfarm
Naufahrtweg 14a, 1220 Vienna (AT)
The IZMP introduces itself!
In the framework of subnetTALK 2023 I present the Integration Center for Migrated Plants.
Thank you for the invitation!
SOLO SHOW – MQ WIEN
Q21 Schauraum, MuseumsQuartier Vienna
Opening: 13.4., 19h
What would it mean to provide our bodies to the survival and needs of another species?
Hovering between distant curiosity and radical affection the Danube Transformation Agency for Agency (DTAFA) opened their bodies and hearts to a small Danubian bird species: the Little Ringed Plover.
For decades the Danubian river banks were shaped for the needs of humans alone. The loss of habitats made the birds’ population decline. By proposing to provide your body parts as breeding ground to the bird, DTAFA asks which role the individual could take in an age of man-made ecological change.
“We become with each other or not at all”
Can you spot the eggs on the stereogram picture?
Let’s meet for a talk and a “Pfiff” (very small amount) of Beer!
Together with Julia Gaisbacher and Katl Wratschko I will talk about the ongoing exhibition at Neue Galerie Graz.
Anka Leśniak not only curated the great exhibition “Lost Element. Re-construction of the Witch” last year at VBKÖ, but now also wrote this great article about the exhibition. I am very happy to be part of the exhibition and the TFR archive with the work “TREMATE”!
“The Exhibition Lost Element / Re-Construction Of The Witch. Curatorial Reflections”, Anka Leśniak, in: Art and Documentation no.26
Read online HERE.
The work by Lena Violetta Leitner refers to ecological issues, but it’s also somehow “uncanny.” In her way of connecting the natural elements (plant, soil, water) and technology (steam, clay), one can also see a subtle sense of humour. The second part of the work – the plant – “spoke” to us in Morse code. The plant was shaking from time to time unnaturally and in its subsequent movements (longer or shorter) the message “I will survive” was encoded. These two messages – projected on the steam and encrypted in Morse code, could be interpreted in the context of the need to return to so-called female values, such as care, and respect for the environment and other entities, but also with the belief that witches (wise women) can overturn the harmful patriarchal order. Additionally, the plant chosen by the artist was a fern, which is one of the oldest plants on Earth.
During the last months I had an inspiring time, chatting with Fabiola Fiocco and Giulia Pistone from the onlinemagazine Interstizi about art, collectives, plants and our perceptions of nature.
If you understand Italian, do not hesitate and check out our chat HERE.
EXHIBITION IN GRAZ
Cordial invitation to the “Art space Styria 2022” exhibition!
Neue Galerie Graz
Opening: 01.12., 7pm
Sonja Harter wrote a wonderful portrait on Artfaces Steiermark about my work- thank you very much!
Die mit den Pflanzen spricht
Trifft man Lena Violetta Leitner ausnahmsweise alleine an, verweisen sogleich die Kunstwerke und Installationen um sie herum auf das, was sie als Künstlerin ausmacht. „Zusammenarbeit zieht sich als roter Faden durch meine Arbeit“, lacht die 1986 in Graz geborene und mittlerweile in Wien lebende Künstlerin.
START Grant Media Art
I am so grateful that I will be able to research and experiment about and with invasive plants for the next months!
A huge thanks to the jury of Federal Chancellery of Austria for awarding me with “Startstipendium” Media Art!
Together we will discuss strategies of sharing and exchanging as well as how we deal with fears. Taste “Curious Cookies” while looking into the past with Valerie Habsburg, and practice speculative future exploration with Ege Kökel. Get ready to choose a specially prepared tea for your future and read from the tea leaves together with us!
Especially the here and now is potentially characterized by great uncertainties as well as life-changing crises, so it is essential for the artist not to let ourselves be guided by associated fears and uncertainties, but to work against them with the power of the collective. With a feminist attitude and in the spirit of solidarity, Leitner wants to create space for exchange, interactivity and discourse. Thus, she invites her colleagues Valerie Habsburg and Ege Kökel to a conversation within the framework of the exhibition, followed by a “Tea Talk” and venturing a look into the future.
Paula Marschalek, curator, art historian
I am honored that I will be talking about my work next to two amazing artists – Mary Maggic and Katrin Hornek!
Sympoietic Symphony, Klangmanifeste
Curated by Christine Schörkhuber
04.09. 3 – 4 pm
If you understand Serbian, please check out our interview with Oblakoder Magazine! Our collective DTAFA talked about the project in Novi Sad in the frame of the European Capital of Culture 22.
EXHIBITION AND PERFORMANCE
WÜST MI PFLANZ’N?
The experimental workshop – WÜST MI PFLANZ’N? opens its doors on 25. and 26.6. and encourages to discover, exchange hearing, feeling and seeing!
The main protagonists are negatively connoted invasive alien plants that grow around Bad Ischl. Invasive alien plants are plants that have been introduced in/directly by humans into other areas since 1492 and have become established in nature. Because they can displace “native” species, they have negative connotations.
The workshop invites the entire month of June to enter, opening its doors to visitors* and engaging their experiences immediately or in a longer process of experimentation. A place for collective creation, discovery and observation emerges.
On June 25 and 26, the workshop will become a place of exchange and the works and impressions collected and processed in June can be viewed, felt, heard and seen. New impressions will be incorporated in the moment and in the course of the performances on the 25th at 2, 4 and 6 pm.
Danke für die Unterstützung: Land Steiermark, Otto Mauer Fonds, auf! auf!
YAY! Bad Ischl we are coming!
I am super excited to be able to install our experimental plant lab at the amazing building of Lehartheatre in the frame of the artist residency auf! auf!
A huge thanks to auf! auf!, Otto Mauer Fonds and Land Steiermark für the subvention!
Where is the river? – RESIDENCY PRESENTATION
Presentation of my Artist Residency – part of the outreach studio program of Land Steiermark, Culture Department – at State of Concept Athens – 28.04., 18h30 – 20h30.
LECTURE AND WORKSHOP
My DTAFA colleagues Solmaz Farhang, Alexandra Fruhstorfer, Ege Kökel and Andrea Palašti will present our ongoing artistic research at Art & Science, University of Applied Arts Vienna, 24.03.
ARTIST RESIDENCY Land Steiermark
I am over the moon and back! This March and April I will be spending in Athens as an artist in residence at the gallery State of Concept. A big thank you to Land Steiermark for awarding me with this amazing grant!
opening: 13.01.2022, 17.00-21.00
Anna Bochkova, Valerie Habsburg, Lena Violetta Leitner, Anka Leśniak
Curation: Anka Leśniak
SOLO SHOW in Novi Sad
Our aliens land in the gallery SULUV in Novi Sad. Until 05.11. the different projects can be viewed and the interactive stations can be tested. Galerie SULUV in Novi Sad.
A project in cooperation with the Angewandte Innovation Lab with works by Solmaz Farhang, Alexandra Fruhstorfer, Ege Kökel, Lena Violetta Leitner and Andrea Palašti.
With the kind support of: AIL, Galerie SULUV, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Land Steiermark, BMKOES, Bildrecht
The TV channel RTV reported about our exhibition “May I introduce: Alien” in the gallery SULUV in Novi Sad.
Here you can see the contribution from 27.10. – from min.07:28, an interview with Andrea Palašti.
RESIDENCY & EXHIBITIN
The work “words & weeds” is based on the intervention created during the residency at Reflektor Gallery, Uzice (RS) in summer.
Chat: Lindsey Nicholson, Milica Dukić, Lena Violetta Leitner
Exhibition in the gallery Improper Walls, 08.09.-24.09.
…dies ist nicht die dokumentation einer performance, die in serbien entstand. dies ist ein gespräch, das wie unkraut wuchert, zwischen österreich und serbien.
what does it mean to be a ‘weed’?
vielleicht sind unsere gesprächsfäden unkräuter, lacht milica.
does it mean unwanted, taking resources from the wanted? or does it mean being resilient, a pioneer, a survivor?
ovo je razgovor koji ne vodi nikuda i ne mora biti od koristi.
weeds do work as well.
ko odlučuje da li sam korov ili ne?
SOLO SHOW DTAFA in Wien
Welcome to our Alienexpress Pop-Up Store! Here you will find blue dodo eggs, alien plant streaming subscriptions and generally – Karpfe Diem!
Our speculative webpoprtal Woodiana.today is represented at Garden Belgrade as part of Ars Electronica – on 12.09. DTAFA will give a workshop.
11.09.: Panel Follow the Current (Ars Electronica)
23.09. – 23.10. art+science 2021, Museum for Science & Technology Belgrade
Organization, production: Center for Promotion of Science, Belgrad. Collbaroration with Stefana Janićijević, Sanja Andjelković, Jovana Pesić, Luka Lopičić, Vanja Novaković and Danube Transformation Agency for Agency (DTAFA): Andrea Palašti, Alexandra Fruhstorfer, Ege Kökel, Solmaz Farhang and me.
DTAFA opens their doors in Vienna and Novi Sad!
Danube Transformation Agency for Agency (DTAFA) is a socio-artistic organization that provides services for all kinds of Danube residents!
DTAFA are: Alexandra Fruhstorfer, Lena Violetta Leitner, Ege Kökel, Solmaz Farhang and Andrea Palašti. Advisor: Bernd Kräftner