Exhibition by Lilo Nein


Lilo Nein. Rehearsal for an Exhibition: Non-Representational Photography

Landscape, jellyfish, smoke, spirits, the firmament, silent, lonely. Lilo Nein’s “Non-Representational Photography” is abstract, concrete or figurative – and a mode of writing. In the dark room she produces poetic, black-and-white surfaces onto which images of our outer and inner realities can be projected. Subjects are read into the aesthetic shape that emerges by chance from the interaction of material, process and apparatus. The scans of her photograms serve as a “Rehearsal for an Exhibition” – they refer like copies to their originals, staging presentation per se as a performative gesture. Just as the works reflect the technical conditions of the artistic process recording them, the exhibition space itself as an apparatus becomes subject of negotiation.

Curated by Synne Genzmer

Part of the exhibition series THE BLANKETs curated by Jianan Qu

With thanks for the support to the Austrian Federal Chancellery and Gallery Michaela Stock.

Opening: 18:30, 01. Dec 2018

Duration: 02.12 – 15.12. 2018 by appointment

Franzensgasse 6/1a, 1050 Wien


Lilo Nein (*1980)

visual artist, lives and works in Vienna.

Diploma studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and PhDArts at Leiden University / kabk Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Den Haag, Netherlands. Currently lecturer at the Institute for Education in the Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

She received the Start Stipend (2010), the State Stipend (2013) for Fine Arts by the Austrian Federal Chancellery and the Performance Award H13 of Kunstraum Niederösterreich (2012).

Lilo Nein’s artistic practice pivots around the relation of text and performance. Performance is hereby understood as multi-media translation process evolving between the concept, the staging and the recording. Nein’s practice operates in the spaces of / produced by writing and examines its artistic qualities as well as the general characteristics. Nein produces work which can be looked at, spoken, sung and interpreted by music.

Her works were shown at Austria Cultural Forum New York, Museum of Modern Art Salzburg, Salzburger Kunstverein, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna Art Week, MA*GA Art Museum Gallarte Italy, MASS MoCA Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Intersect Project Space der RMIT University Melbourne, MUSAC Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y León.

Artistic publications and books: Writing Performance. On Relations between Texts and Performances, Galerie Michaela Stock (2017); If Analyses Could Be Poems … Works Between Text and Performance Schlebrügge.Editor (2013), The Present Author. Who Speaks in Performance?, Revolver Publishing (2011); Translate Yourself! A Performance Reader for Staging, self-published (2009).

THE BLANKETs is a platform, a supporter and a place to be.

Starting Feb 2018, the Vienna based contemporary artist Jianan Qu established a monthly exhibition program: THE BLANKETs. – a non commercial, professional, open space for young artists to share their works and experiments.

In this program, each month one(or two) selected artists will have the opportunity to make a solo(or duo) exhibition at Medo space(Vienna).

Welcome to THE BLANKETs !