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Paint on Radio
Radio Helsinki x HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark 


© Walther Moser (Radio Helsinki) 

We cordially invite you to a radio workshop at HALLE FÜR KUNST on Saturday, April 20, 2024 from 11am to 6pm. We would like to jointly record audio material in the exhibition Katherine Bradford: American Odyssey and produce a short emission for Radio Helsinki.

Based on Katherine Bradford’s first institutional solo exhibition in Europe, we would like to discuss central aspects negotiated in the exhibition. With her often larger-than-life figures, Bradford depicts diverse communities able to transcend constructions of racegender and class. Bradford’s painting can thus be understood as a contribution to a democratic visual language in a broader sense.

Central to the radio show, which we would like to produce in collaboration with you, is her artistic practice and her always intuitive approach. Based on perception and intuition, feelings and memory, dreams as well as experiences and everyday situations, she paints her bodies without any sketches or models. Color is always her starting point with which she experiments and from which her forms emerge. Her practice can be located in the tradition of color field painting and abstract expressionism.

Her focus on her experience and by visualizing her memory makes possible to show that every life story is relevant, and needs to be heard.

Against this background, we would like to depart from the following questions:

  • What might communities enriched by or challenged by opposing ideas look like? 
  • What role does diversity play in the creation of art and culture?
  • To what extent do the colors we perceive in this exhibition, including contrasts of dark and light, reflect emotions as well as the complexity of our society

Let’s look ask even more questions, potential answers and enlarge our perspective(s).

Radio is for everyone – including you! Discover the art of audio production with us! Let’s explore the world of free radio together and find a voice for diversity and community! The exhibition Katherine Bradford: American Odyssey will serve as the backdrop for our common journey! The workshop will be in German and English. 

We will meet on 20 April 2024 at 11 am at HALLE FÜR KUNST. Please register by 18 April 2024: cf@​halle-​fuer-​kunst.​at


Participating artists

Gea Gračner

studied media and communication. She is involved in expressive dance and active in physical theater. At Radio Helsinki, she leads workshops, coordinates the Radio Re:volt” project and supervises the youth editorial team.

İpek Yüksek

is editorial coordinator at Radio Re:volt”. She completed her training in digital journalism and graphic design, runs workshops and is active at the social media team. She is also a journalist at Radio Helsinki. She focuses on topics related to migration, feminism and education policy.

© Walther Moser (Radio Helsinki)