Luiza Margan is the ZF Art Foundation’s 2023 Artist-in-Residence
Luiza Margan was born in Rijeka, Croatia and is currently based in Vienna. She studied painting in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Performative Arts and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria.
Through her sculptures, installations, films and interventions in public space, Luiza Margan explores the relationship between the private and public spheres, the discrepancy between official and invisible histories, power relations and ideological systems inscribed in public space and collective memory. She examines the extent to which historical narratives and ideological systems structure public space, establish cultural identities and the role art plays. The artist is particularly interested in the transformation of the city’s visual identity through industrial history and by labour movements.
Her work emerges from field research, historical material, walking and the performative use of her own body. By collecting and recontextualizing found materials, she constructs new objects, creates new environments and ways of seeing. By deconstructing historical, ideological and aesthetic value systems, she opens up new and unfamiliar perspectives on the public space, social relations, and their future.
The artist has exhibited at numerous international museums and galleries and launched highly acclaimed artistic events and performances in public space. Her works are represented in international public and private art collections, including the Generali Collection Salzburg, the Museum of Contemporary Art Belvedere 21, Vienna, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb and the Tobacco Museum, Ljubljana.
Besides numerous awards, she received the Fellowship of the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York in 2008 and the 2019 Fellowship for Visual Artists at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. Currently, Luiza Margan is the 2023 Artist-in-Residence at the ZF Art Foundation in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
In Friedrichshafen, Luiza Margan will be keen to explore the city’s industrial heritage and its traces in the contemporary public space up to the current future-oriented industrial development. ‘I’m interested in how history and stories, industrial traces and visual narratives are inscribed in contemporary public space and how lesser-known parts of history could be made legible in the contemporary spatial context of urban space.,’ the artist sums up her intention.
At the 36th Kunst-Freitag Friedrichshafen on March 17, 2023, Luiza Margan will open the ZF Tower Studio, give visitors a first insight into her work, talk about her artistic practice, her intentions and the first project ideas for the fellowship of the ZF Art Foundation in Friedrichshafen.
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