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Panther Residencies

HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark is pleased to present, as part of its new program, the so-called Panther Residencies. Named after the dazzling mythical creature and heraldic animal of Styria, the program unites two grants for artists whose practice is in the field of contemporary art. 

The focus is on the annual promotion of one international and one outstanding local position. In close exchange with HALLE FÜR KUNST Styria and the City of Graz, the guests are provided with project-specific support for their artistic work. In the course of the residencies, a new work is produced through research and exchange with local protagonists, which is presented within the exhibition program.

HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark sees itself as an initiator of diverse dialogues and would like to make local resources available to both international and local fellows in order to create the best possible living and working environment. At the same time, it is a concern of the institution to introduce new and relevant artistic voices to the diverse cultural and art scene in Graz as well as to the general public. Thus, guests are invited to present their practice in various public formats and to respond to the vibrant local art scene. Both residency formats are directly related to the thematic focus of the institution through their concrete connection to an exhibition.

The international fellowship is awarded by one of the two curators at the institution in the context of a project. This year’s international resident is Colin Self (*1987, in Aloha, lives in Berlin), who will present a new performance piece within the series Give Rise To beginning of next year. The local fellowship is linked to a group exhibition and is announced through an open call.

Open Call

In the context of the group exhibition Domestic Drama, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark awards a production and work grant to a local artistic position.

Ilkin Beste Cirak und Nigel Gavus, Letters from a Window, 2021

Film, b/​w, 5 min., film still

Ilkin Beste Cirak und Nigel Gavus, Letters from a Window, 2021

Film, b/​w, 5 min., film still

From this year’s Open Call submissions, the artist duo Ilkin Beste Cirak and Nigel Gavus has been nominated for the Panther Residency of HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark.

Ilkin Beste Cirak und Nigel Gavus

Coming from different backgrounds and currently working as an artist duo, Ilkin Beste Cirak and Nigel Gavus seek a synthesis of different media: poetry, film, literature, sculpture and space are their fields of exploration. Their work is clearly structured and multi-layered. Their common goal is to translate invisible themes into a visual language and to question the role of visual codes” in our society. Their collaboration addresses identity and belonging, as well as spatial design in the manner of relational art and aesthetics. Their first cinematic collaboration Letters from a Window, premiered at Diagonale 21′ and won the audience award for the most popular Austrian short film under ten minutes at the Vienna Shorts Festival.

In the context of Domestic Drama, the artist duo will produce a new film that combines the themes of the exhibition with the specific setting of the city of Graz.

Ilkin Beste Cirak, born in 1994 in Izmir (TR), is a visual artist and poet. She is a graduate of the University of Applied Arts (Social Design) and is currently studying Sculpture & Spatial Strategies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Starting from public spaces as the core of coexistence, she deals with localities, identity, cultural production and participation. She lives and works in Graz and Vienna.

Nigel Gavus, born 1992 in Graz, is a filmmaker and visual artist. He graduated from the Friedl Kubelka School for Independent Film and is currently studying at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In his work he deals with time, memory, identity and the relationship between poetry and cinema. He lives and works in Vienna and Graz.