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Friedl vom Gröller (Kubelka): Year Portraits

April 10, 2010 - July 4, 2010

AWE Gallery

Friedl vom Gröller (Kubelka) was born in London in 1946 and spent her childhood in East Berlin and Vienna. She made her first films in the late 1960s while still a student, asking her models to look into the camera for the duration of one reel of film: “I want to see something that has never before been seen in this form.” Her films have screened at venues such as the Munich Film Museum, the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Anthology Film Archives (New York), and the Austrian Film Museum to name a few. In 1971 she graduated with a diploma in industrial photography from the Graphic Instruction and Research Institute in Vienna. In 1997 she completed her psychoanalytical training, employing themes concerned with the human psyche, humor and shame. Perhaps best known for her serial photographs (the Year, Month, Week and Day Portraits) Kubelka has had solo exhibitions of her photographic works at museums and galleries including the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Vienna), Galerie Fotohof (Salzburg) and the Frankfurter Kunstverein. In 2005 she was awarded the Staatspreis für Photographie, Austria’s most prestigious photography award. She is founder of the Vienna School of Artistic Photography (1990) and the School for Independent Film (2006). She currently teaches photography in Salzburg and Vienna.

Over the past decade Media City and the Art Gallery of Windsor have presented collaborative installation programming featuring works by renowned international artists such as David Claerbout (Belgium), Sharon Lockhart (USA), Eija-Liisa Ahtila (Finland), and Mircea Cantor (Romania), alongside some of Canada’s most prominent media artists including David Rokeby and Mike Hoolboom to name a few.

Exhibition curated by the Media City Film Festival and Mandy Salter as part of its 16th annual edition, May 25-29, 2010. Complete festival schedule available at Media City

Media City Film Festival is presented with financial assistance from the Ontario Trillium Foundation; the Canada Council for the Arts, Annual Assistance to Media Arts Festivals and the Ontario Arts Council, Media Arts Festival’s program. Media City is also grateful to its presenting partners, sponsors, volunteer members and board of directors.

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