Venue: philomena+ project room and front garden, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna
Workshop “A Poncho for Leopoldine” with Vitória Monteiro and female participants of the empowerment project based in the Domestic Abuse Intervention Centre in Vienna, 03/02/2023, 10/02/2023, 24/02/2023, 17/02/2023, 24/03/2023.
Alina d'Alva Duchrow, Georgia Creimer und Vitória Monteiro, "Imagine Leopoldine", 2023, digital fusion of three artistic positions
Taking the legendary figure of Leopoldine, Archduchess of Austria and later Empress of Brazil (1797-1826) as a starting point for their investigation, three artists shed light on individual events in her tragically short life:
Georgia Creimer invites us to experience the newly-wed Archduchess before her departure for Brazil from a psychological perspective with an atmospheric film. Vitória Monteiro deals with Leopoldine’s biography of violence, appoints her as an avatar for women with similar experiences and lets her take shape again on the billboard in the front garden. Together with women who have fled violence recently, she produces a protective cloak (poncho), which will be presented at the opening. Alina d’Alva Duchrow researches the “surviving image” of Leopoldine in Brazil, focusing on the Zona Leopoldina, a district of Rio de Janeiro full of socio-economic contrasts, which today is known above all for its Favelas and Carnival parades.
was born in Fortaleza, lives and works in Rabat. She holds a degree in architecture and urban planning from Universidade de São Paulo and from the Alanus Hochschule für Kunst und Gesellschaft in Bonn. She works with video, photography, drawings and installations in public and private spaces. In her recent work she investigates historical events, residues of colonialism, that have been forgotten, made invisible or deliberately denied by official discourse. Her work focuses especially on micro-narratives bringing into correspondence different image regimes and narrative modes.
GEORGIA CREIMER (BR/AT)
was born in São Paolo, lives and works in Vienna. She studied at the Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado and began her artistic career in Brazil. She has lived in Vienna since 1986. She works with different media such as painting, photography, object and installation. In her works, Georgia Creimer deals with the principles of human existence, thought processes and emotional states as well as the human sense of nature.
VITÓRIA MONTEIRO (BR/AT)
was born in Uruguaiana, lives and works in Vienna. She studied theatre at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul. With a focus on redistribution of cultural resources and participatory practices, she has implemented projects in Brazil. She has been living and working in Vienna since 2016 and is active in various artistic and political contexts. One of her main focuses lies on the work in queer-feminist collectives and initiatives.