Nicholas Grafia & Mikołaj Sobczak: Rooms

19/6 2024 8 pm

The artists Nicholas Grafia and Mikołaj Sobczak will present an adaptation of their performance Rooms (2020) in context of the exhibition Genossin Sonne during the Wiener Festwochen | Freie Republik Wien.

The performance will be held in English.

Free admission. No registration required.

Throughout the thirty-minute scripted performance, Grafia and Sobczak expose the unconscious violence against the Other that forms the foundation of our shared cultures. Both actors stand on stage possessed over and over by various entities who tell intertwined stories of exclusion and injustice. Staged in their rooms, the characters presented form part of various “quiet revolutions” – a major social or political change attained without violence or significant upheaval – as they plot (revenge or a plan of action) from the confines of the domestic. Each telling tales that stem from global history, Filipino myths, Slavic folklore, and contemporary political events. Their testimonies convene into one revolutionary exploration of history, ideology, irrationality and the subjective nature of memory.

Nicholas Grafia (b.1990, City of Angeles, Philippines) is a multi-media artist whose paintings, videos and performances explore processes of memory, as well as the in- and exclusion of subjects from written history. Amongst others, Grafia has previously performed- or exhibited at KW (Berlin, DE), MoMa (Warsaw, PL), HKW (Berlin, DE), Bergen Kunsthall (Bergen, NO), Dortmunder Kunstverein (Dortmund, DE), MUDAM (Luxembourg, LU) and steirischer herbst (Graz, AT).

Mikołaj Sobczak (b.1989 in Poznań, Poland) works with video, painting, ceramic and performance to question political issues and historical policy, placing a particular emphasis on the narratives of marginalized figures. Some of his most recent exhibitions and performances were held at Steirischer Herbst (Graz, AT), Ludwig Forum (Aachen, DE), Kunsthalle Muenster (Muenster, DE), Dortmunder Kunstverein (Dortmund, DE), Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), BOZAR (Brussels, BE), HKW (Berlin, DE), MoMA (Warsaw, PL) and MUDAM (Luxembourg, LU).