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Als 1992 die ersten drei Künstlerinnen und Künstler aus Ost- und Südosteuropa auf Einladung von OeAD/KKA nach Wien kamen, waren die künstlerischen Entwicklungen dieser Regionen wenig bekannt. Die Kunstszene jenseits des Eisernen Vorhangs war Jahrzehnte lang von Werken des sozialistischen Realismus repräsentiert worden, die künstlerische Opposition war unbekannt. Die ersten Stipendiatinnen und Stipendiaten trugen dazu bei, eine überaus lebendige Kunstszene kennenzulernen und zu entdecken. Trotz der politischen und wirtschaftlichen Schwierigkeiten, suchten immer mehr Künstlerinnen und Künstler den Kontakt und die Zusammenarbeit mit Kollegen/innen außerhalb ihrer Herkunftsländer. Bereits vier Jahre später, 1996, wurden 12 Künstlerinnen und Künstler nach Wien eingeladen.Viele von ihnen sind mittlerweile am internationalen Kunstmarkt erfolgreich, unter ihnen beispielsweise Dan Perjovschi, der


 Artists in Residence

20 Years: OeAD/KKA Artists in Residence Programme (1992-2012)

Dan Perjovschi, Artist in Residence 1992
Bojana Lukić, Artist in Residence 2010
Work by Ana Kadoić
Vlad Nancă, Artist in Residence 2009
Anna Konik, Artist in Residence 2006
Work by Dalibor Nikolić, 2012
Ewa Kaja, Artist in Residence 1994
Otis Laubert, Artist in Residence 1996
Sigita Daugule, Artist in Residence 1999
Richard Fajnor, Artist in Residence 2004
Boróka Piros, Artist in Residence 2010
Haim Sokol, Artist in Residence 2011
Tanja Theuretzbacher-Ristovski, Artist in Residence 1996
Ana Nedeljković, Artist in Residence 2007
Mamuka Mikeladze, Artist in Residence 1998
Igor Eškinja, Artist in Residence 2007
Tomki Nĕmec, Artist in Residence 1997
Dorota Sadovská, Artist in Residence 2005
Alban Muja, Artist in Residence 2008
Anna Daučikova, Artist in Residence 2000
Artan Draçini, Artist in Residence 1999
Pavel Braila, Artist in Residence 2001
Krassimir Terziev, Artist in Residence 2002
Lia Perjovschi, Mindmuseum, 2012
Marjeta Godler, Artist in Residence 1997
Kiril Prashkov, Artist in Residence 1995
Koka Ramishvili, Artist in Residence 1995
Vesna Kovačić, Artist in Residence 1996
Sándor Bartha, Artist in Residence 1997
Dan Mihalţianu, Artist in Residence 1997
Cristina Maria Passima-Trifon, Artist in Residence 1996
Mila Preslova, Artist in Residence 2003
Audrius Novickas, Artist in Residence 1997
Marilena Preda Sanc, Artist in Residence 1997
Tatjana Radsivilko, Artist in Residence 1997
Anna Sidorenko, Artist in Residence 1997
Aleksandar Dimitrijević, Artist in Residence 1998
Monika Moteska, Artist in Residence 1998
Tomász Domanski, Artist in Residence 1999
Albes Fusha, Artist in Residence 1999
Darius Gyrcis, Artist in Residence 1999
Damjan Kočjanćić, Artist in Residence 1999
Artan Peqini, Artist in Residence 1999
Elena Scutaru, Artist in Residence 1999
Blanka Sperkova, Artist in Residence 1999
Dušan Zahoranský, Artist in Residence 2003
Hubert Czerepok, Artist in Residence 2004
Konstantin Selikhanov, Artist in Residence 2004
Josif Király, Artist in Residence 1999
Šejla Kamerić, Artist in Residence 2004
Aliona Frankl, Artist in Residence 2000
Sławomir Góra, Artist in Residence 2000
Olga Jürgenson, Artist in Residence 2000
Branka Kuzmanović, Artist in Residence 2000
Jiří Surůvka, Artist in Residence 2000
Soňa Goldová, Artist in Residence 2005
Ida Gozhikova, Artist in Residence 2001
Kalina Dimitrova, Artist in Residence 2002
Uršula Berlot, Artist in Residence 2005
Yvette Martini, Artist in Residence 2001
Karine Matsakian, Artist in Residence 2001
Anastasia Ryabova, Artist in Residence 2012
Adela Jušić, Artist in Residence 2012
Darius Gyrcis, Artist in Residence 1999

In 1992 OeAD/KKA launched the Artists in Residence programme and celebrated in 2012 "20 years AIR". Until 2012 the programme was focused on the region of Eastern and South Eastern Europe. From 1992 to 2012, inclusively, 248 artists from Eastern and South Eastern Europe have been guests of OeAD/KKA in Vienna.
On the occasion of this anniversary, OeAD/KKA presented the mail art project “20 Years: OeAD/KKA Artists in Residence. Launching Careers, Building Cooperation” at VIENNAFAIR 2012. All of KKA's former Artists in Residence were invited to participate in this project, and the response was impressive: 113 “postcard greetings” from 25 countries of Eastern and South Eastern Europe will be exhibited. An accompanying exhibition catalogue is being published.

The Residency Programme: Facts
KulturKontakt Austria’s Artists in Residence Programme is for artists from Eastern and South Eastern Europe, and has been offered since 1992. Since then, more than 5,600 artists have applied and 248 (including 2012) have participated in the programme.
An Artists in Residence scholarship comprises the use of a studio, accommodation, insurance, a monthly monetary grant and a presentation of the artist’s works at Galerie ArtPoint at the end of the three-month residency. During their stay in Vienna, the artists are able to concentrate exclusively on their work without the distraction of prosaic worries. As Tea Hatadi commented during her residency in 2010: “I feel so free here in Vienna; I can totally concentrate on art. At home I have to think of so many other things.”

The Exhibition
To mark the 20th anniversary of the Artists in Residence programme in 2012, OeAD/KKA invited all former scholarship winners to participate in a mail art project – and received 113 postcards.
The cards are works of art in postcard format, created on paper, cardboard, wood or glass. They include drawings, watercolours, miniature oil paintings, collages, photographic works – and even small three-dimensional sculptures and objects cast in synthetic resin.
The “postcard greetings” came from 25 different countries: from Estonia and Georgia, Albania and Armenia, Russia and Macedonia – to circumscribe the region from north to south and from east to west. The multitude of mail art received is an expression of the solidarity, vitality and diversity of the relations between these artists and OeAD/KKA and the Austrian cultural scene.

The exhibition at VIENNAFAIR will include cards from Dan Perjovschi, Dušan Zahoransky, Ardan Özmenoglu and many others.

1992: Three Scholarship Winners
History of the Residency Programme
When the first artists from Eastern and South Eastern Europe came to Vienna at KKA’s invitation 20 years ago, the artistic developments of these regions were very little known in the West. For decades, the art scene on the other side of the Iron Curtain had been dominated by the works of Socialist realism; the artistic opposition was virtually unknown. The first scholarship winners helped the Western public to discover and become better acquainted with an extremely dynamic art scene. Despite political and economic difficulties, more and more artists began to seek contact and cooperation with colleagues outside their countries of origin.

The programme was launched in 1992 with only three scholarship winners. Only four years later, in 1996, the number of artists invited to Vienna had climbed to twelve. In the past few years, OeAD/KKA has received applications from about 260 artists every year; 12 scholarship winners are selected annually by a jury of international experts.

KKA has followed the artistic careers of many of its scholarship winners. Several of them have been invited by OeAD/KKA to show their works in special exhibitions at Galerie ArtPoint.
Many of KKA’s former Artists in Residence have achieved success in the international art market, for example Dan Perjovschi, who in 1992 was one of KKA’s first three scholarship winners.

KKA’s Artists in Residence programme is distinguished by its particular continuity. Very few programmes have been pursued over such a long period of time and with such consistency as this one. In Eastern and South Eastern Europe it is one of the most important and well-known scholarship programmes. From the beginning, an additional objective of this programme has been to awaken interest within Austria in the cultural and intellectual life of our neighbouring countries.

KKA is committed to making diversity management an integral element of the planning of all its programmes. This includes the residency programme, which is currently open to artists from 16 countries. In this programme, as in all its activities, OeAD/KKA places a strategic focus on diversity and difference and attaches great importance to promoting equal access to culture and the arts for all. With its Artists in Residence programme, OeAD/KKA supports the establishment of contacts and exchange between artists from Eastern and South Eastern Europe with the Austrian and international art scenes. Moreover, right from the beginning it has been important to OeAD/KKA to cultivate its contacts with these artists beyond the periods of their residencies and seek cooperation on a long-term basis. As a result, OeAD/KKA has succeeded in building up many sustainable contacts, thereby making an important contribution to the establishment of a close network with other cultural organisations and partner institutions.

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