The Austrian-Yugoslavian artist Ana Hoffner ex-Prvulovic* works with video and sculpture, performance and photography and creates her* artistic works through long research processes. For her* first solo exhibition at a German Kunstverein, the artist presents major works from her* oeuvre as well as new works especially for Braunschweig, dealing with prison labor and case studies of Austrian and German corporate and collection histories.
Through the conceptual staging of glossy photographs, newspaper clippings, or architectural elements, the artist reveals the interconnections between everyday images and exploitation. She* examines the roots of injustice in Austria and Germany, which can be traced back to both, the time of National Socialism as well as to a colonial relation towards the neighboring south-eastern states. Therefore, she* ironically appropriates the smooth and flat design language, which today is not only used to advertise commercial items, but also to convey historical violence in museums and memorials.
Hoffner ex-Prvulovic* focuses in particular on the public connection between private art collecting and war industry. For it is common knowledge that the assets thus created are based on violent conditions. Why is it that we do not confront these injustices with outrage and protest, but with active indifference?
The resulting frustration is that productive force that leads to the center of Active Intolerance.
The Guestroom holds a contribution by the Gedenkstätte in der JVA Wolfenbüttel.
Ana Hoffner ex-Prvulovic* was born in 1980 in Paraćin (Yugoslavia), and received Austrian citizenship with a new name in 2002. Today she* lives between Vienna and Salzburg, where she* is a professor of artistic research at the Mozarteum University.
She* studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, also earning a PhD in Practice there. She* went on to earn a PhD in art history and philosophy, also at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, as well as at The New School in New York City.
In 2021, Kunsthalle Wien presented an extensive solo exhibition. Furthermore, numerous exhibitions have been dedicated to her work, for example at MKC, Split (2021), Neue Galerie Innsbruck (2016) or PM Galerija, Zagreb (2010). She* has received numerous grants and residencies and has been represented in international group exhibitions in Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kerala (2022), Austrian Cultural Forum Warsaw (2021), Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien, Berlin (2019), or VOX Montreal (2016), among others.
Curator: Benedikt Johannes Seerieder
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