Dear visitors of my website,
A public purchase was fixed for the end of the year - the pleasing email ended with the words "I wish you the best 2017 that you can imagine"! - I'd say sign me up!
My solo show DIE HARD at gallery Michaela Stock (March 19 - May 1, 2017) went extremely well. After a wonderful artist talk with Synne Genzmer there are still enough smart words to say. So the "next" artist talk with Claudia Slanar on May 23rd, 2017 took place at IG Bildende Kunst in Vienna, Austria.
Click on the photo below and you are going to find the brand new documentation of DIE HARD:
"...the last thing [Merklein] wants is to be a heroine,
but [she] doesn't have a choice."
I will continue with the "23rd International Biennial of Humor and Satire in Art" where my work "Die Hard" will be shown until the end of September 2017.
Opening: may 19th, 2017, 7pm
exhibition: 20.5. - 30.9.2017
Museum House of Humour and Satire,
68, Bryanska St.,
Finally, the first German-language Fat Studies Reader (published by Lotte Rose and Friedrich Schorb) has been published and my work is represented in there. Big thanks to Kristina Kulicova and her self-titled article "Fette Kunst" (Fat Art):
As always with kind regards from outer space,
Yours Veronika Merklein
My DIE HARD- poster was part of the group exhibition "Frohe "P"stern" at LAGE in Kassel (DE). A limited edition of 80 will be still available there or at my gallery Michaela Stock for 50€ each. What's more, the second opening of the show will take place in June 2017. Stay tuned!
Participating artists: Alexander Gehring, Aljoscha Burtchen, Andrea Schulze Wilmert, Anja Köhne, Anky Brandt, Ann Schomburg, Brigit Edelmann, Catrine Val, Christine Gensheimer, Daniel v. Bothmer, Ekachai Eksaroj, Flaut M. Rauch, Fritz Laszlo Weber, Groth&Vidal, Holger Jenss, Ines Christine Geisser, Jens-Ole Remmers, Jero Jeremias, Jette Stokholm, Katz & Fuchs, Kirsten Carina Geisser, Klaus Cornfield, La Belle Imira, Lars Rosenbohm, Linda J. Knop, Maja Oschmann, Marc Jung, Martin Rost, Marven Graf, Max Hänisch, Max Sand, Mehtap Baydu, Melanie Vogel, Michael Rockel, Olaf Val, Olga Holzschuh, Rene Wagner, Romina Abate, Rosa Violetta Grötsch, Ryeung Moon Kim, Sabine Schlunk, Sally Schütz, Sascha Boldt, Seung Hyun Baek, Shpresa Faqi, Stefan Geyer, Sveta Antonova, Thomas Reymann, Tjorg Douglas Beer, Veronika Merklein, Sarah Wegner
Our trailer of our performance lecture dance kind-of-thing in three parts "The Inefficient Body - Anti-Capitalist Strategy, a Conference" of November 2016 is ready to watch. Enjoy!
With stoic presence and careless pride Veronika Merklein embodies in rigorous movements the apparent aimlessness. In her solitary and decapitating contribution she aborts meanings, creates debts and gaps, and indulges herself and the audiences in the zones of discomfort while disregarding any desire for a profitable encounter. She devalues size and weight with lightness of her own and successfully markets anxiety as the next thing to disconnect from your inner self."
Text: Milan Loviška
I am overjoyed about the PAS - Performance Art Studies as my first teaching experience in the gallery Stock here in Vienna, including my lecture "I am not a Performance Artist" which provoked a lot of discussion. I thank Johannes, Monika, Matthias, Michael, Burcak, Amelia, Carmen, Antje, Felipe, Zarko, Roberta, Elisa and last but not least thanks a lot to Michaela Stock for the wonderful Dopust - Days of Open Performance - Festival. What's more, I am more than happy that I will be a guest at the PAS #49 I neighboorhood in Bratislava in September 2016, too.
My documentary video "Life-Long
Weight Gaining" was selected and shown by Virgie Tovar end of June 2016
with four other wonderful films at the film
With my grandiose fellow activists Bobby Be (Austrian plus-size platform CURVECT) and "Venus-in-echt"-author Rhea Rhea Krcmárová we have launched CurVienna in 2016 and on April 24th we had our first major plus-size fashion event realized. We are very proud that we were announced widely by Austrian media:
Our documentation incl. download file is now on our website. Here you find find the interview with Bobby and me at the Austrian radio station FM4: https://soundcloud.com/veronika-merklein/curvienna-fm4mp3
We are also nominated for a prize. You can vote for us soon. Stay tuned!
Also Virgie Tovar who was speaker at our CurVienna talk, has written down her impressions in Take The Cake: Fat Babes In Vienna
In addition, the first part "The beautiful and
brutal (inner) life of people" of a very long interview is published on Curvect published. This time it's about my art, the next times we will focus on Body
Positivity and the relationship to one's own body. Yet, the interview is only in German
but will be translated soon.
What's more, my performance "erdbeermilch" is part of the "Hotel Obscura"- documentary (18min, director: Anatol Bogendorfer, curated by Die Fabrikanten) which was shown at the Crossing Europe-Festival in Linz (AT) in April, 2016:
Also, "Die Fabrikanten" made a nice interview with me about Performance Art. A big thanks their way: