Austrian Artist-in-residence Program
Lisl Ponger
March — May, 2009

Artist talk and reception (with Tim Sharp)
Saturday, April 11, 3PM

The Or Gallery is pleased to announce a residency by Vienna-based artist Lisl Ponger, concurrent with a residency by Tim Sharp, both of which are supported by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.

Ponger has shown widely in Europe including recent solo shows at the CUC, Berlin, Kunsthaus Dresden, and Charim Galerie, in Vienna.

In ArtForum, March 2007, Bridgitte Huck summarizes Ponger’s work:

    For the Dak’Art Biennial of Contemporary African Art 2004, Austrian artist Lisl Ponger hoped to photograph selections from the famous ethnographic collection of Dakar’s Musee d’Art Africain. As she waited for permission from the museum, she started a series of photographs in her hotel room; when the official okay never came, these works became her biennial contribution. Si j’avais eu l’autorisation … (If I Had Had Authorization …)—thus ran the project’s subjunctive title—then she wouldn’t have stayed in her room photographing props from her own personal archive of materials relating to the themes of colonialism, globalization, and travel. She grouped these items on the tile mosaic of the hotel floor according to classificatory patterns: ethnologist, painter, photographer, tourist. Although this was not the project that Ponger originally planned, it hews closely to her interests. Her politically motivated work continues to investigate issues of colonialism, ethnology, ideology, and constructions of identity.

    A visual artist, photographer, and filmmaker, Ponger is equally at home at Documenta (she participated in 2002) and at film festivals. Acting (often in the same work) as director, set designer, performer, and archivist, she investigates the interfaces between art and science, between sociology, art history, and political activism, moving obliquely through these disciplines to create compositions of explosive power and precise observation. Ponger interrogates the resonances of non-Western art within Western modernism.

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