Ania Corcilius studied at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg and subsequently attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. In her filmic and installation-based works she thematizes different aspects of the city as social space. Hereby she investigates the line between documentary and fiction. Ania Corcilius lives as visual artist with her family in Berlin. Currently she is developing a mucis CD with inhabitants of the project building Dresden-Prohlis and a documentary movie about the Chinese-German architect Chen Quen Lee. aniacorcilius.de
Olafur Gislason, born 1962 in Reykjavík, first studied at the Icelandic College of Art and Crafts in Reykjavík, later at the Art College in Hamburg (HfbK). His works amongst other things deal with childern‘s fears (‘From the Nursery’ KX Kampnagel, Hamburg 2000) and living as a foreigner in Germany (‘Dreaming in Hanover’, Sprengel Museum Hannover 2002). In many of his recent works Olafur Gislason’s point of departure are problems specific to the local situations the works are situated in – for example the decline of the fish industry in Cuxhaven (‘Strukturwandel’ Kunstverein Cuxhaven, 2005). Interviews with both, people concerned and people responsible are set on sculptural stage constructions where actors recite the texts. An irritating realistic effect is achieved through the text’s immediate relation to the situation the work is placed in. Gislason lives and works in Hamburg. Olafur will focus on the theme of gentrification www.olafurgislason.de
Alevtina Kakhidze has founded the informal artists residency program of the Spiritual Value Institute in her new place of residence in the village of Muzichi approximately 30 kilometers from Kyiv. In works as The Marriage Contract as well as in her publication Zhdanovka Kakhidze succeeds in addressing those topics of urgency in the Ukrainian society, such as the new divide of wealth as much as the rural periphery. Alevtina Kakhidze has attended the Jan van Eyck Academie in the Netherlands and exhibits in Ukraine as well as internationally. In Homestories Kakhidze suggests to elaborate the phenomenon of the fence which protects new property, such as her own house in Muzichi.
Olha Kotska has studied at the Kyiv Mohila Academy NaUKMA Kyiv and currently attends the Cultural Studies Master Program at Lviv Franko National University. In her master thesis she focuses on „The city from within: everyday practices and mental mapping“ and thus investigates the place where people spend most of their time - the home and the diverting routes from there: Peoples public interactions and their different kind of networks with and within the city.
Voldoymyr Kuznetsov, born 1976 in Lutsk is a member of artist group R.E.P. and lives and works as artist in Kyiv. Amongst other projects specifically as the Department of Survival he has reflected in a performative manor on the challenges of urban survival. The embroideries he manufactures pick up traditional decorative Ukrainan handcraft but exercise them with contemporary experiences. His suggestion for HomeStories consists of amplifying traditional Ukrainian sleeping songs driving through Kyivs sleeping cities.
Gruppa Predmetov (Ivan Melnichuk, Oleksandr
Burlaka, Vlad Goldakovsky)
Daniela Paes Leao
Nana Petzet was born 1962 in Munich and studied at the Art Academy in Munich and the Art College in Hamburg (HfbK, Masters 1991). Since her Performance ‘Rational Scientific Art’ at the Academy in Munich (1987) – a lecture on a fictitious physician’s theory of gravitation – the focus of her artistic practice is the examination of various scientific disciplines. In 1995 Petzet started dealing with the issue of domestic waste and developed the ‘SBF-System’ (short for ‘Collecting Conserving Researching’, Sprengel Museum Hannover, 2000), as an alternative model to the national German recycling system ‘Grüner Punkt’. In an experimental setting for a period of six months she collected all waste produced by her four person household and investigated it‘s recyclability (‘Endurvinnslustöth – nei takk’, Reykjavik 1998). On the occasion of the exhibition ‘einräumen’ (Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2000) she created an inventory of her comprehensive domestic waste collection with HIDA MIDAS, an elaborate program for museum inventories. In her most recent works Petzet turns to the world of animals and plants and ethology.
Inken Reinert born in Jena in 1965 studied painting at the Kunsthochschule Weißensee from 1993 – 99. In 2006 she co-curated the exhibition Revisiting Home in NGBK Berlin and is co-founding member of the producers gallery Stedefreund. Since 2002 she is a member of Damensalon (Ladies salon) in Berlin. Grants and stipends include Stiftung Kunstfonds (2001 and 2006), Heinrich Böll Stiftung (1998 – 99). In 2004 she participated in the program Goldrausch KünstlerInnenprojekte art IT. www.inken-reinert.de
Janine Sack lives and works as visual artist in Berlin. Her works deal with aspects of daily and popular culture with a focus on questions of media-representation and identity. Next to her artistic individual practice, she collaborated in several groups, such as the female artists group Frauen-und-Technik („women and technology“, 1992–93) und -Innen („-ess“, 1993–97). She studied visual communication at Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg and completed a two-year postgraduate program at the Royal Art Colleague in Stockholm in the department video. As artist in residence in the program EMARE she worked in Dundee, Scotland. In 2004 she participated in the program Goldrausch art IT. www.janinesack.de
Yuliya Usova born 1977 has graduated the Master
course in International Curating Management at Stockholm University in March
2008. After an education in economics she ventured into curatorial practices
where she focuses on Cooperation between art and business, art as a tool to
reflect on social issues and problems. Martin Botvidsson, a free-lance photographer
from Sweden, has undertaken his first documentary work in Imprisoned Investores.
From the very concept to the technical realization, together with Yulia Usova,
he was an important contributor to the whole ethos of the project.
Inga Zimprich (1979, DE) Since an artists residency in August 2006 at the Center for Contemporary Art in Kyiv Inga Zimprich has spent several extensive stays in Ukraine. In the project Center for Communication and Context (CCCK) she collaborates with Volodymyr Kuznetsov and Ingela Johansson, investigating the institutional developments in Ukraine since the nineties, specifically focusing on the history of Soros Centers. In her collaborative projects both as artist and curator she aims to establish formats to negotiate the conditions under which we become public, we collaborate and produce and disseminate knowledge. Grants and residencies include amongst others the International Studio Program Iaspis (Stockholm, SE), Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, NL), EMARE residency at Interspace Sofia (Bulgaria, Aug. / Oct. 08). Inga has initiated the selfgenerative institution Faculty of Invisibility, she has co-ordinated the project space Public Space With A Roof in Amsterdam (2004 – 2006) and is an inhabitant of The Blue House, a residency for the mind, located on the artificially created island Ijburg (Amsterdam, NL). www.ingazimprich.de