Ausstellung und Defensio von Barbara Graf, Doktoratsprogramm Künstlerische Forschung (PhD in Art)

Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien – University of Applied Arts Vienna

Exhibition: 19. – 22. Februar 2024, Zentrum Fokus Forschung, Rustenschacherallee 2-4, 1020 Wien
19. – 20. Februar, 12:00 ­– 17:00
21. – 22. Februar, 13:00 – 18:00
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© Barbara Graf: Images from the Phenomenological Archive of Body Sensations I-III, 2018-2023.

STITCHES AND SUTURES – Phenomenological Archive of Body Sensations

The artistic research project “Stitches and Sutures” explores possibilities of making lived experiences visual. The point of departure is the repeated occurrence of sensory disturbances caused by a chronic disease. This irritation in one’s own body perception brings on a feeling of alienation. For decades, I have been concerned with textile representations of the body and of corporeality. My discovery that bodily phenomena that I currently experience resemble phenomena embodied in my earlier artistic work has raised several questions about body consciousness, body memory, and the bodily unconscious. At issue are inner-body phenomena caused by the disease and perceived as if they were tactile sensations. One of the crucial questions that I ask is in fact twofold: What kinds of language and what memories of past experiences are available to me in my efforts to make the invisible visible? And does the artistic research that I have undertaken make it easier for me to cope with the illness? Does it serve as a support to me in the process of reappropriating a body that I have come to perceive as foreign? Also of particular interest is the question of how and if instances of subjective perception can be conveyed visually as ‘embodiments’ and what relevance these embodiments can have with regard to the medical humanities as well as in the clinical context. The title of the project is to be understood literally as referring to work with needle and thread, but also as indicating a conceptual approach. I ask myself the question: Can I use Jacques Lacan’s notion of ‘suture’ as the basis of an artistic method? This notion signifies a process whereby the past is studded retroactively with stitches as a production of meaning. Textile membranes and drawing paper are the ‘canvas’ on which I record physical sensations and a means that enables me to reflect on the transition from sensation to perception and from perception to visual representation, a process that culminates in a Phenomenological Archive of Body Sensations.
The exhibition will present drawings, textile works and photographs.

Barbara Graf is a visual artist and senior lecturer at the University of Applied Arts Vienna

Defensio: 23. Februar 2024, 10:00
Betreuerin: Barbara Putz-Plecko, Prüfungskommission: Ruth Anderwald, Monika Ankele, Julian Klein, Alice Pechriggl, Barbara Putz-Plecko

September-November 2021

Schaufenster Präsentation zum 80-Jahre Jubiläum der Bachtel Apotheke Winterthur, Schweiz.
Eingeladen von Elisabeth Anderegg-Wirth, Apothekerin und Geschäftsführerin der Apotheke.

Window Display on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of Bachtel Apotheke Winterthur, Switzerland.
Invited by Elisabeth Anderegg-Wirth, pharmacist and managing director of the pharmacy.

Tücher, Skulptur, Fotografien und Arrangement pharmazeutischer Instrumente und Materialien

Cloths, sculpture, photographs and arrangement of pharmaceutical instruments and materials

Tracing Decay is a VR experience that aims at revisiting and reinventing art.
Featuring work by Barbara Graf, Huda Lutfi, Daniel Reidy ft. Greg Pond.
Tracing Decay is a project that aims at reloading memory of impactful art, that countered decay and interference, proving that forgetting was not necessarily a deconstructive state for the sake of pure entropy. An invitation to explore, revisit and reinvent profound visions in a new context; one that embarks on existing works by artists willing to embrace the change of state. A chance for self-rediscovery and representation beyond brick and mortar; where previously hosted projects in physical space can now become a part of a virtual story. Creating unique scenarios that explore the potential of Virtual Reality as an immersive medium, with the intent to enhance the audience experience. Produced by Art in Reverb, in collaboration with Womb Tech. Curated and directed by Nagla Samir.

Barbara Graf, Large Glove & Large Glove in Motion, 2016-19

Ala Moderna del Museo della Città Rimini- Italy
26.10.2019 – 6.1.2020
Group Exhibition, Curated by Dobrila Denegri

DSA Gallery, Dunedin School of Art-Otago Polytechnic,
Dunedin-New Zealand, 6.8-16.8.2019, Solo Exhibition

Ausstellung / Exhibition galeriefreihausgasse Villach-Austria,
in Kooperation mit der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien-Österreich
in cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna-Austria

Arbeiten von /works by: 
Karin Altmann, Manora Auersperg, Anna-Sophie Berger, George Bezhanishvili, Sonja Bäumel, Christina Dörfler-Raab, Flora Luise Mercedes Goidinger, Barbara Graf, Milena Heussler, Veronika Hauer, Lila John, Afra Kirchdorfer, Nina Kugler, Karl Lagerfeld, Marlies Liekfeld-Rapetti, Adele List, Walter Lunzer, Patrick Meier, NGO Nha, Ute Neuber, Oswald Oberhuber, Nathalie Pelet, Oona Peyrer-Heimstätt, Jasmin Schaitl, Christine Schöpf, Raf Jan Henri Simons, Walter Steinacher, Alexandra Surugiu, Cosima Terrasse, Lara Torres, Que Chi Trinh, Galerie V & V, Vivienne Westwood, Bernhard Willhelm

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Barbara Graf
Arbeiten: Tuch 6 und 8, Kleines Tuch 1,2,3,4,8,9, 2013-18
works: Cloth 6 and 8, Small Cloth 1,2,3,4,8,9, 2013-18

Ausstellung / Exhibition: 11.3. – 20.4. 2018
Gallery knoele & baettig, 
KünstlerInnen / artists: Humberto Días, Barbara Graf, Olivier Lovey,
Alexandra Meyer, Victorine Müller, Carlos Martiel

Kleines Tuch 1 (Hand), 2016 / Kleines Tuch 8 (Fuß), 2017
Medizinische Gaze, je: 25 x 35 cm
Small Cloth 1 (Hand ), 2016 / Small Cloth 8 (Foot), 2017
Medical Gauze, each: 25 x 35 cm  

kunstraumarcade, Mödling-Österreich
Art-Space arcade, Mödling-Austria
18.11.2017 – 23.12.2017

Seishi Irikasa, Barbara Graf, Gerlinde Thuma, Regina Stierschneider

Installationsansicht / installation view

Bildräume 1 und 2, 2016, je 26.7 x 35.6 cm
Image-Spaces 1 and 2, 2016, each 26,7 x 35.6 cm
(In Referenz zu / in reference to:
Photographie Willy Maywald: Oberlichtsaal Villa Flora, Hedy Hahnloser &
Pierre Bonnard “Effect de glace ou Le tub”)

Villa Flora Winterthur Schweiz / Switzerland
 / Collective exhibition: 8.5.-2.10.2016
Kuratorin / curator: Maja von Meiss

Flyer PDF (156 KB)

Ephemere Spuren, 2016 (Installationsansicht und Detail)
Ephemeral traces, 2016 (installation view and detail)

weitermachen! 3. Teil / part 3,  11. 6. 2016
in einer leerstehenden Wohnung / in an empty flat: Floridsdorf-Wien / Floridsdorf-Vienna-A
Gruppenausstellung / Collective exhibition
Idee und Konzept / idea and concept: Ingrid Gaier