Feminist Agency

Elke Krasny pursues two interconnected strands of research which are the continuation of curatorial-artistic researches and exhibitions she has already realized in Vienna and in other places. She researches contemporary feminist practices and strategies of curating, how a feminist perspective aware of the power relations and the politics at work when it comes to exhibition and has changed the very making of exhibition. In this regard she will continue to conduct interviews and gather documentations of exhibitions.

Realizing research in public space is also in the scope of her interests and pursues the follow issues:  what way is women part of the official politics of memory and are commemorated and represented in public space. By regarding the city as an archive open to everybody the monuments and commemorative plaques form is a certain reading of the city, and it is crucial to find out who is included or excluded, what is remembered and not remembered in the urban space. Elke Krasny was invited by ACSL as a guest curator and a lecturer.

Susanna Gyulamiryan, the head of ACSL, made a reciprocal visit to Austria (Vienna and Graz) to participate as a speaker and contributor in the book’ ‘Women’s Museum: Curatorial Politics in Feminism, Education, History and Art’ organized by Elke Krasny at CCA in Graz, 2013. Susanna Gyulamiryan carried out further research on feminist studies in Vienna.

Elke Krasny is a Senior Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In 2006, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Bremen. Her research-based practice as a curator, artist, cultural theorist and writer deals with architecture, urban transformation processes, spatial politics, construction of memory, and feminist historiography. She works with the formats of books, exhibitions, symposia, and walks. In 2008, she presented ‘The Force is in the Mind. The Making of Architecture’ at the Architecture Centre Vienna and, in 2010, ‘Penser tout Haut. Faire l’Architecture’ at the Centre de Design de l’UQAM Montréal. In 2010, Together with Eva Egermann she curated the exhibition ‘2 or 3 Things We’ve Learned. Intersections of Art, Pedagogy and Protest’ at the Austrian Artists’ Association in Vienna (IG Bildende Kunst Wien). As a curator-in-residence, of the Hongkong Community Museum Project she realized the walks ‘Hongkong City Telling’. As an artist-in-residence, she curated ‘Mapping the Everyday: Neighborhood Claims for the Future’ at the Audain Gallery Vancvouver. In 2012, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. Her exhibition ‘Hands-on Urbanism 1850-2012. The Right to Green’ was presented at the Architecture Centre Vienna and invited by David Chipperfield to the Venice Architecture Biennale 2012.