The talent grant presented by the Austrian radio station Ö1 with support from the Vienna Insurance Group is awarded annually to an emerging artist. This year, works by the four nominees are showcased for the first time at the Leopold Museum, providing a varied exhibition both in terms of media and themes, whilst affording insights into the range and diversity of current art production at Austrian art universities.
Sara Lanner approaches her forays into identity and the body, which she understands as social choreography and sculpture, through performance and choreography, thus combining the fields of visual arts and contemporary dance.
Camille Holowka’s exploration of architecture results in sculptures and site-specific interventions which highlight the characteristic feature of any built space to conserve its underlying cultural and social parameters.
Simon Lehner’s pictorial worlds, which are rooted in his own experiences, address domestic violence, mental health and the (male) search for identity. Working with photography, he expands this medium by digitally (re)constructing what he has experienced, lost and imagined.
The critical contemplation of regimes, conventions and standardization provides the focus of Juliana Lindenhofer’s art. In her sculptural works she deliberately creates a discord between materials and gestures in order to generate new desiderata through deformations and hybrids.
Following a unanimous jury vote, this year’s Ö1 talent grant, with a prize money of 10,000 €, is awarded to Simon Lehner, while Ö1’s audience prize goes to Sara Lanner.