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Open Space through differing Eyes: Video statements by Oliver Ressler

Oliver Ressler is a Vienna based artist and filmmaker who produce installations, projects in public space, and films on issues such as economics, democracy, global warming, forms of resistance and social alternatives. Over the years, he collaborated with the artists Zanny Begg (Sydney), Ines Doujak (Vienna), Martin Krenn (Vienna), Carlos Motta (New York), Gregory Sholette (New York), David Thorne (Los Angeles) and the political scientist Dario Azzellini (Berlin/New York).

Ressler has had solo exhibitions at Berkeley Art Museum, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid; Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum, Egypt; The Cube Project Space, Taipei and survey solo exhibitions in Wyspa Institute of Art, Gdansk; Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz; Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo – CAAC, Seville; SALT Galata, Istanbul; and MNAC – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest. Ressler has participated in more than numerous group exhibitions, including Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven; MASSMoCA, North Adams, USA; Centre Pompidou, Paris; the biennials in Seville (2006), Moscow (2007), Taipei (2008), Lyon (2009), Gyumri (2012), Venice (2013), Athens (2013, 2015), Quebec (2014), Jeju, Kyiv (2017) and at Documenta 14, Kassel, 2017 (as part of an exhibition organized by EMST). Ressler is the first prize winner of the newly established Prix Thun for Art and Ethics Award in 2016.

With Gregory Sholette he co-curated a travelling show on the financial crisis, “It’s the Political Economy, Stupid” that started at Open Space in Vienna in 2011 and has been presented at several venues since then.

Ressler was the project leader of the research project “Utopian Pulse – Flares in the Darkroom” at Secession in Vienna in 2014, in collaboration with Ines Doujak, funded by the Austrian Science Fund.

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