„Traces – Spuren“, Elisabeth Gschiel, 2021 (Photo: Thomas Raggam).





Artist talk
with Elisabeth Gschiel and Resa Pernthaller

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, 7 pm

The artist talk will take place in German and online.

The entry is possible with this link:

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In the frame of the exhibition SUGAR. Industrial Heritage and Colonialism.


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On this evening, the exhibition contributions by two artists
based in Graz will be presented and discussed.

It is hardly known that there was a sugar factory in Graz as well.
Based on historical documents on the former Imperial and Royal
Privileged Sugar Refinery in Graz Geidorf (1821 – 1881),
Elisabeth Gschiel developed an architectural plan and weaves
the threads of the past into the present.

The artist has also realized two sewing works on paper showing
botanical illustrations of the sugar beet and sugar cane. Thus she
refers to the burgeoning competition between the two plants
mainly used for sugar production in the 19th century.

The second work discussed in the exhibition leads back in time
immediately after World War II. In Fohnsdorf, Upper Styria,
Hans Pernthaller, grandfather of the artist Resa Pernthaller, was
running a molasses factory. As there was no white sugar for sale
at that time, the molasses initially sold like hot cakes.

In her approach to this part of her family history, Resa Pernthaller
began to grow sugar beet herself. She photographed the
harvested specimens and thus captured their variety of forms in
hand-coloured sheets. Additionally, a display case contains a
selection of documents on the brief history of Fohnsdorf’s
molasses production.

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From the series „Inheritance Back“, Resa Pernthaller, 2021 (Photo: Thomas Raggam).

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a project co-funded by the programme Creative Europe of the European Union and implemented by the Slovak National Gallery in cooperation with partners:
< rotor > centre for contemporary art (AT),
Centre for Contemporary Art FUTURA (CZ),
Schafhof – European Center for Art Upper Bavaria (DE),
La Box gallery of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art (FR),
T-TUDOK Inc., Centre for Knowledge Management and
Educational Research (HU),
and associated partners – Kunsthalle Bratislava (SK),
Muzeum Sztuki Lódž (PL).

Co-funded by:

Project funding for Ilona Németh's contribution to the exhibition:

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< rotor > is supported by:
Members of the < rotor > association
City of Graz - Cultural Department
State of Styria - Department for Culture, Europe, Sport
Federal Ministery for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport
Mit Loidl oder Co. Graz
European Solidarity Corps