Residency Program

The artists and architects for Group L (October 2021 – March 2022) are Emilija Škarnulytė, Julia Obleitner, Helvijs Savickis, and Manuel Gorkiewicz.

Emilija Škarnulytė

Emilija Škarnulytė

Emilija Škarnulytė is a nomadic visual artist and filmmaker. Moving between fiction and documentary, she works primarily with deep time, from the cosmic and geologic to the ecological and political. Her blind grandmother gently touches the weathered statue of a Soviet dictator; neutrino detectors and particle colliders spark to life; and post-human species swim through submarine tunnels above the Arctic Circle and crawl through tectonic fault lines in the Middle Eastern desert.

Recent group exhibitions include Hyperobjects at Ballroom Marfa, Texas; Moving Stones at the Kadist Art Foundation, Paris; and the first Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art; as well as a new commission for Bold Tendencies, London and a solo show at Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin. She was awarded with the main Future Generation Art Prize. Škarnulytė will reprenet Lithuania at the XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature and has upcoming shows at: Toronto Biennial of Art, Toronto, Canada; 95% of the Universe is Missing, Science Gallery, London, UK. She currently co-directs Polar Film Lab, a collective for 16mm analogue film practice located in Tromsø, Norway.

Julia Obleitner

Julia Obleitner

Julia Obleitner is an architect and artist operating between new media, performative works and architecture. In her work she is interested in large scale territories, contemporary political, ecological and urban issues.

She graduated with distinction from the Institute of Art and Architecture at Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.

Her work has been recognized with several awards, including the Pfann Ohmann Prize, the Start Scholarship from The Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery of Austria and has been exhibited at various galleries, institutions, and events in Greece, Iceland, Spain and Austria.

Helvijs Savickis

Helvijs Savickis

Helvijs Savickis was born in Latvia, Riga. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with a Master’s Degree in Architecture. His main research focus point is on the geopolitical footprints of mankind, documenting and interacting with them in order to shift and preserve the perception of collective memories. Within this realm, multiple articles have been published. Helvijs has been exhibited at various institutions and galleries including the Venice Architecture Biennale (2012 Latvian Pavilion) (2018 Palazzo Bembo), and Ars Electronica 2014.

He works in the field of contemporary building processes with regular participation in design competitions around Europe, resulting in multiple awards. His work has been recognized with several grants such as MAK Schindler Stipendium LA 2019 and Latvian Architecture Award 2014. He teaches at the University of Innsbruck Institute for Experimental architecture ./Studio3.

Manuel Gorkiewicz

Manuel Gorkiewicz

Manuel Gorkiewicz was born in Graz (Austria), and he lives and works in Vienna. He studied at the University of Vienna and Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and received various prizes and residencies across Europe, including in Copenhagen, Istanbul, Rome, and more. He completed many public art projects, including with Acricola Due Leoni in Sabina, Italy (2021), Public Art Vienna (2018), Kestnergesellschaft Hannover (2013) and had solo exhibitions at Galerie Perpetuel Frankfurt (2021), Urbansglass New York City (2014), Austrian Cultural Forum Prague (2021) and Neue Galerie Graz (2008). He participated in group shows including “Dreaming Wild”, ALASKA Sydney (2019), “Double Lives” mumok Vienna (2019), “The Collection” Belvedere21, Vienna (2012) “Stolen from my subconscious”, KW-Kunstwerke Berlin (2011), “Extension Turn 2”, Eastlink Gallery, Shanghai (2006), “Qui Vive”, National Center for Contemporary Art Moskow (2005), “The European Design Show 2005” London Design Museum, and “Kontext, Form, Troja”, Secession Vienna (2003).