Collaborating with Q21 (MuseumsQuartier), we invite several artists each year to exhibit and work in Vienna for one to two months. The Artist-in-Residence program at Q21 fosters international, project-related exchange and is financed with the aid of private sponsors. Each year, the program is able to invite about 40 artists from other countries to realize joint projects with the resident cultural initiatives on location, consequently promoting the establishment of international networks.
Corina Schwingruber Ilic lives and works in Lucerne and Belgrade. She studied art in Basel and Belgrade and, later, video in Lucerne and has been working as a filmmaker and film editor since 2010. She is a founding member of the Swiss film association ProShort.
Raised in Belgrade, Nikola Ilic also lives and works in Switzerland. After studying video in Lucerne, he has been working as a filmmaker and camera operator in Switzerland and Serbia since 2013. He is a member of the Swiss Film Academy. During their residency, Corina and Nikola Ilic will work on their new film. A still from All Inclusive serves as the image for this year’s festival design. (lh)
Hanna Pajala-Assefa is a Finnish choreographer and contemporary artist whose work is oriented on the disciplines of contemporary dance and performance and finds expression in the form of media art, dance films, contemporary performances, and virtual reality. Together they won an award at the 2018 VIS with their 3-D/360-degree VR film Devil’s Lungs. (lh)
Born in Moscow, Alla Kovgan is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker with over fifteen years of experience in dance on screen and stage. Her film NORA, about the Zimbabwe-born dancer Nora Chipaumire, has been shown in more than 120 festivals and at the MoMA, Louvre, and Tate Modern. She lives in the US and Europe. (lh)
María Molina Peiró is an audiovisual artist and filmmaker living in Amsterdam. In her work she explores the increasingly blurred lines between material and digital realities, mixing film, digital media, and experimental animation. María Molina’s films and artistic works have been presented at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Louvre, and festivals such as the IFF Rotterdam or IndieLisboa. Her Digital Trauma (And the Crystal Image) won an award at the 2018 VIS. María is currently working on her next film, Here be Dragons (Terra Incógnita), and will present her film The Sasha at this year’s festival. She is also a member of this year’s festival jury. (lh)