Villa Romana Fellows 2011
Nora Schultz, born in 1975, studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and lives in Berlin. Her works are characterized by a distinctive formal grammar that seeks to bind the gravity of the object with its fragility as a carrier of meaning. Nora Schultz has had a number of international exhibitions over the past few years, including, in 2009, at the Kunstverein in Cologne and in the “Art Statements” of Art Basel (with Sutton Lane, London), at “Dependance” in Brussels (2008) and at the Isabella Bortolozzi gallery in Berlin. Last autumn, the Giuliani Foundation in Rome dedicated a large individual exhibition to her.
Rebecca Ann Tess, born in 1980, studied at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. In her films, she works with fictitious trailers, found footage material and the re-enactment of figures from the history of film, in order to examine the stereotypes, omissions and regulatory power of the public visual and mass media. In 2010, Rebecca Ann Tess had individual exhibitions at the Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden and at the Figge Rosen gallery in Cologne. Her works have been on view at the Portikus and in the Kunstverein in Frankfurt, among other places.
Vincent Vulsma, born in 1982 in Zaandam in the Netherlands, studied at the Gerriet Rietveld Academie and lives in Berlin. He works with ready-mades and painting and his works reflect both self-referential and socio-political parameters and abstractions. He was represented at the 6th Berlin Biennale with a series of pictures that suggested classic paintings but which in fact exposed unprocessed canvases packaged in film. Vincent Vulsma has exhibited his works at the Cinzia Friedländer gallery in Berlin, at the Ellen de Bruijne Projects in Amsterdam and at Cubitt in London, amongst other places.
Thomas Kilpper, born in 1956, studied at the art academies of Nuremberg, Düsseldorf and Frankfurt and lives in Berlin. Kilpper works with artistic interventions that affect political and social realities or that reflect these pictorially. This year, he is taking part in the Venice Biennale within the Danish pavilion. Villa Romana has already displayed his work previously, with the exhibition and project “A Lighthouse for Lampedusa” in 2009. Thomas Kilpper has worked at a number of places including at the South London Gallery, at the Generali Foundation in Vienna, at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt and, in 2009, at the former Ministry for State Security in Berlin-Lichtenberg. He runs the artists’ exhibition space “After the Butcher” in Berlin.
Henrik Olesen, born in 1967 in Esbjerg in Denmark, studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen as well as at the Städelschule in Frankfurt and he now lives in Berlin. In his collages, sculptures and room installations, he examines the categorisation and ostracism of minorities within the context of history, society and art institutions. He works with the techniques of mimicry, manipulation and contextual displacement. Henrik Olesen has extensive experience in international exhibitions, including at the MACBA in Barcelona, the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and at the Biennale of Venice, amongst others. Last autumn, he participated in the Gwangju Biennale in Korea. Next summer he will show a solo exhibition in the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland. He is represented by the Daniel Buchholz gallery.