The artists and architects for Group XLIII (October 2016 – March 2017) are Petrit Halilaj and Alvaro Urbano, Nico King, and Anastasiya Yarovenko.
Petrit Halilaj and Alvaro Urbano
Berlin-based artists Petrit Halilaj and Alvaro Urbano reflect critically on the interplay between architectural concepts and nature, and the notion of the garden as a mediator. In Los Angeles they are interested in how outsider gardens contrast with gardens connected to capitalist splendor.
Vienna-based landscape architect Nico King researches the desire and dread of urban landscapes, their aesthetic and historical-political aspects. She looks at the private garden culture in Los Angeles as an archive of utopian and dystopian American dreams as well as a history of migration.
Vienna-based artist Anastasiya Yarovenko considers how the human body, social structures, behavior, and space define or alter design. She is searching for an articulation between the mechanical nature of needs and freedom from necessities by investigating local nomadic structures.