We are breaking new ground! Together with the freelance curator Florian Müller, we act as an intercultural mediator in the artistic context in addition to our workshops and events.
With the project WARP (Worldwide Artist Residency Program) the association Froh! in cooperation with the freelance curator Florian Müller is acting as an intercultural mediator in the artistic context. It is clearly stated goal to connect artists and other cultural actors from different cultures and to make knowledge of historical backgrounds and global economic interrelationships transparent for a broader public. With WARP-Speed Froh! wants to bridge the empty space between cultures and their different narratives.
The program primarily targets artists living and working in countries of the Global South and/or artists whose work is hindered by political or other constraints.
Simon Roth, Florian Müller
Bona Dyssou is a theater director and performance artist. She studied at the Budapest University of Theatre and Film Arts and has a master's degree in theater directing from the University of Mozarteum, Salzburg.
Her recent works explore rituals based on any kind of transformation and rites of passage, as well as the visual and performative representations of existence, violence, and death. For instance, based on real events and court documents, she has adapted a novel, and staged a play of it as Piroska (Ódry Theatre, Budapest 2019). In the same vein, she also created a stage production of Witold Gombrowicz's Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy (2020, Budapest, Ódry Theatre). Her recent work that took place at Edith Bar, Budapest (2022) experimented with the fusion of happening, celebration and stage shows.
Sandro Sulaberidze (*1991, Tbilisi, Georgia) is visual artist and photographer. His multidisciplinary artworks focus on the importance of light, perception and information distribution. As an artist he investigates how light affects our social practice as a main carrier of information and energy. The influence that our perception has and how fake, virtual or augmented realities are constructed. He works with figures of speech in visual language touching sensitive topics and questioning contemporary social and cultural habits.
In February this year he removed his own work from the exhibition "Self-Portrait by the Mirror" at the National Gallery in Tbilisi, leaving in its place the words written in paint on a wall, "Art is alive and independent." The subsequent official investigation by the Ministry of the Interior for theft was followed by nationwide protests and expressions of solidarity.
Aside from his own artistic practice he is building up a photographic archive documenting how the art scene developed in Tbilisi over the last 10 years. This collection of images - like every archive - is becoming more and more a contemporary witness, telling not only stories of participating persons, artist-run spaces and galleries but also documenting the cityscapes change, for example unoccupied lands and no-places that later became colonies of high-rise buildings. During his residency in Cologne, Sandro will work to sort, filter and categorize this archive of over 200,000 photographs and develop a concept to make it publicly accessible.
Sasha Kurmaz is the first guest of our new residency program. In his videos, photographs, performances and interventions, Sasha Kurmaz investigates the conditions and effects of public space. Since the Russian war of aggression, he has also been increasingly concerned with the excesses of terror, propaganda and the pop cultural interest in dystopias.
Artist Talk, 16th December with Florian Müller
Simon Roth, Florian Müller