Roswitha Weingrill

weiss auf weiss, 2015

Die Klauberinnen vom Rabenwald

In the eastern part of Styria, a rural region of Austria, a talc mine lays hidden upon a hill. Still in use today, it has been excavating and processing the white mineral, which is used for a wide variety of purposes ranging from paper manifacturing, cosmetics and synthetic fibre processing. Untill the 1990‘s local women used to sort the rocks according to their degree of whiteness defining the quality of the product.This job was physically very hard, but constituting one of the few possibilities to get work for women outside of agriculture or family.

The research project started in 2013 when regional festival komm.st took place in Anger, a small town near Rabenwald, where the mine is. A research room to get in touch with former talc sorting women helpd to establish first contact. Over the course of two years I could conduct several interviews with former workers and gather information and photographic documentation to help preserve the memory of the female impact on styrian mining history. The collected data was than published in the book 'weiss auf weiss – Die Klauberinnen vom Rabenwald' combining text, photographic and graphic work set around the historic and contemporary conditions of female work in rural regions.

Published in cooperation with edition mono.

 

weiss auf weiss
weiss auf weiss
weiss auf weiss
weiss auf weiss
weiss auf weiss
weiss auf weiss
weiss auf weiss
weiss auf weiss

cargo guts, 2015

Baumwollstoffe, Heu; 2m x 1m x 8m

The work cargo guts // Rosinas hay shows human organs that are designed in a very efficient form and practically prepared for the transfer. In this state none of the organs would be able to work properly, they became cartoon like version of their former purpose. The title refers to the colloquial meaning of guts as courage, a much needed personal quality today when in need to adapt to rapidly changing demands of our time. The cloth tubes are filled with my grandmother´s hay which she had stored for 20 years after closing down her farm. In her own little rebellion against transforming living conditions she had refused to get rid of her handmade product in all these years.

cargo guts
cargo guts
cargo guts

A project about inventing a highly unlikely hypothesis on the genesis of the colourful „panelaky“ patterns while under the influence of thinking about all the different groups one belongs to.

a. A group is a number of things or persons being in some relation to one another.
b.
Groups share a fundamental kinship with the notion of symmetry.
c.
The Local Group is the group of galaxies that includes the Milky Way, among others.
d.
In these systems, when a group is created, one or more users may be named as group administrators.
d.
However, a group´s relative reactivity can be modified by nearby functional groups.
e.
Groups therefore vary considerably in size.

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within a lonesome group
within a lonesome group
within a lonesome group
within a lonesome group

Installation on the aspects of reviving historical towns realized during a residency at 33oc in Toffia, Italy.

every letter a monument

TALK I, 2013

Rechercheprojekt im Rahmen des komm.st Festival

Kurz vor der Ortseinfahrt Anger quert die insgesamt 5 km lange Seilbahn auf ihrem Weg zur Mineralmühle in Anger die Bundesstrasse B72. Seit nun beinahe hundert Jahren wird das weisse Mineral gefördert und seine historische und aktuelle Bedeutung für die Region Anger soll für dieses Projekt im Zentrum des Interesses stehen.

TALK I
TALK I
TALK I

camus´scher körper #1, 2013

Japanische Tinte auf Latex, 50 x 50 cm

Sysiphos rollt seinen Stein, zusammengesetzt aus den platonischen Körpern der Hybridkörper variabel, ungleichmäßig und dadurch ideal dazu geschaffen, einen Abhang hinunter zu rollen. Die Silben von „to – mor – row„ die auf das ewige Sammeln von weiteren „morgen“ hinweisen, nehmen gleichzeitig Bezug zu westlichen Jugendkulturen, in denen heute „permanente Revolte“ vorallem Mode und Lifestyle ist und längst der kapitalistischen Maschinerie einverleibt wurde.

camus´scher körper #1

about work, 2013

Beitrag zur Jubiläumspublikation der smallest gallery

"Zumindest weiss ich schon mal, was für eine Arbeit im machen werde: Ich bin dabei, aus meinen alten Portfolios architektonische Objekte zu bauen, um diese dann an verschiedenen Orten aufzubauen, unterschiedlich zueinander anzuordnen und in diesem Set-Up wieder zu dokumentieren. Ich möchte aus der Analyse meiner Arbeiten eine neue Arbeit machen. Das Entwerfen von Arbeitsvorhaben liegt mir aber mehr als das Archivieren der alten, leider. Irgendwie ist das manchmal total erdrückend alle diese Arbeiten hinter sich zu haben. Am liebsten würde ich alle drei Monate ganz neu anfangen." Mai, 2013

about work
about work

looking for someone, 2012

Chinesisches Kunstpädagogikmaterial, Graffitischerben auf Sperrholz

Im Spannungsfeld von copyrights, Individualität und Globalisierung entstehen Fragen nach dem Befolgen von Regeln und dem Nacheifern von Trends wie auch der Sichtbarkeit von hierarchischen Strukturen. Währenddessen verweisen die Titel der einzelnen Collagen auf chinesische Schriftzeichen als populäre Motive für Tätowierungen.

looking for someone
looking for someone
looking for someone
looking for someone
looking for someone
looking for someone

bits and piecs, 2012

handgeschöpftes Papier, Blaupause, Buntstifte und Lack auf Karton und Transparentpapier

Handgeschöpftes Papier aus veralteten Stadtplänen stellt eine Tabula-Rasa Situation die dazu genutzt wird, Spekulationen über stadtplanerische Eingriffe zu entwerfen.

bits and piecs
bits and piecs
bits and piecs

cat, mouse and deng, 2012

T-shirt cloth, silk, paper, wood, appr. 1,50m x 1,90m

„It doesn´t matter if the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.“ This quote of former chinese primeminister Deng Xiaoping marks the opening of chinese markets towards capitalism. 30 years later the effects of China´s new economic power splits the country into winners and losers. From a western perspective the famous quote has allready been adopted as a fancy saying with a touch of ever trendy asian wisdom. The patchworkblanket tries to take a look into the future, when former promises of economic salvation only remain as left over and therefore useless myths. It´s the point of view which defines whether we see something as an entity or as a particle of something bigger. The works in the exhibition aim at negotiating hierarchic systems of units, the velocity of myths in modernisation and individuals belonging to various groups. Animated by a residency in the People´s Republic of China, expired city maps are used for recycling paper and
political quotes for storytelling. In the same way the combination of chinese art teaching material and shards of graffiti walls raises questions about repetition as a tool towards a single masterpiece.

cat, mouse and deng
cat, mouse and deng
cat, mouse and deng