Artists-in-Residence within MEETING BRNO 2017
Over seventy foreign artists submitted an application for the Artist-in-Residence program within the 2017 Meeting Brno festival. A jury which consists of representatives of the Meeting Brno festival, The Brno House of Arts, the Goethe Institut in Prague and foreign partners Adalbert Stifter Verein and Ackermann-Gemeinde had chosen three residents from among the applicants - a writer, a visual artist and an actor.
The German writer and publicist was born in Magdeburg in 1966 and is currently based in Berlin. In 1989 she escaped from the GDR, but was arrested on the Azerbaijani border with Iran and imprisoned for six months. Later, she completed her studies of art history and German studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin.
The visual artist Jakub Šimčík was born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, in 1984, but his family soon immigrated to Sweden. Later, Jakub Šimčík moved to Scotland, where he studied photography at the Glasgow School of Art, and then he settled in Germany, where he studied photography, video and intermedia at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig in 2009–2013. He lives and works in Leipzig, and together with Johanna Maxl, he leads the interdisciplinary platform for literature and the arts, Initiative Wort & Bild. During his stay in Brno, Jakub Šimčík will present an exhibition project dealing with his personal background, combining the history of his family and his experience of being an expat. Jakub Šimčík also intends to explore this topic further – for example, he’d like to visit the Security Services Archives in Kanice u Brna.
German actress, singer, musician, and diseuse born in 1977; today she lives in Hagen. Kristina Günther-Vieweg graduated from the acting school in Berlin-Charlottenburg, and made her debut in the role of Gretchen in Urfaust in the Parchim Theater. During her stay in Brno, Kristina Günther-Vieweg will help prepare and present the interactive German-Czech play Schauspiel written by the director Jiří Honzírek.
More information on Meeting Brno websites.