ABOUT

ANNA CEEH (*Leningrad/ RU) and IV TOSHAIN (*Sofia/ BG) are both visual artists who have studied together at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In the same time they are independant curators and female activists.
Aside from numerous national and international exhibitions, they have launched independent and innovative art formats such as: symposia / events / festivals / independent art fair / exhibitions with an international cast in Austria and abroad (Bulgaria, Belarus, Slovakia, etc., see CV), which they have fully executed, curated, organized, conceived, designed and graphically relayed. This cutting edge project’s activities are about execution of contemporary exhibition territories and sites, new concepts, presentation formats, and a base for institutional critique activities.
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IV TOSHAIN

IV TOSHAIN is an artist, independent curator and female art activist born in 1980 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She lives and workes in Vienna, Austria. After studying at Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Italy, the National Art Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria and graduating MA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria in the master class of Franz Graf, she took part in numerous group and solo exhibitions in USA, Denmark, Czech Republic, Rumania, Poland, Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany, etc. She has exhibited at the Museum for Applied Arts (MAK) in Vienna; Belvedere Museum in Vienna; Kunsthalle Project space Vienna; Kunstraum Innsbruck; Kuenstlerhaus Vienna; Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk; Museo della Permanente in Milan; Art Expo / MNAC in Bucharest.

She is co/founder, curator and executive organizer of PARKFAIR – The Avantgarde Art Fair for established and emerging contemporary artists in Vienna. www.parkfair.at

In 2012 she was awarded the MIA AWARD 2012 for outstanding achievements of women with international backgrounds living and working in Austria in the category Art and Culture.

Since 2012 she has been the co/founder of the Art-Label FXXXi̶s̶m̶ Toshain / Ceeh (Vienna-Sofia-St.Petersburg). The art collective takes a critical stance toward ideologies and is a base for institutional critique activities. www.fxxxx.me

“The symbol / shape of a star is fundamental to my work. On the one hand it symbolizes the
universe, superstars, luxury, glamour, and the divine. On the other hand, its materiality and
shape can signify the opposite – weapon, violence, destruction, injury, and death. There are for instance, throwing stars and morning stars, as well as the literal meaning of “shooting stars”.
By that token, a negative picture of a white star captured by the Hubble telescope becomes
the black hole of a bullet. The only parameter that has been changed is color and contrast, but the image completely changes our perception and affects.”

www.toshain.com

ANNA CEEH

ANNA CEEH  is a Russian-born, Vienna-based artist and independent curator who has been working for over 10 years in the international arts scene. Her body of work spans from self-portrait photography to video, electronic music and related applied research. In her most recent work, she takes a refreshing, anarchic approach to high-end inkjet printers. In working with reproductions, she subverts the meaning of the printers, the idea of photocopying and photographic reproduction. “By scanning in a subverted print and then printing it out on a ‘properly’ set up printer, its a sort of ‘cure’ for subversion!“ says English writer, Richard Noyce, of her work.

She is co-founder (with Franz Pomassl) of the sonic research project ⁄S⁄O⁄N⁄I⁄C⁄ ⁄Z⁄O⁄N⁄E⁄S⁄ incl. ZONE Club (former RUS KLUB) series at Vienna Secession (2003-2012) and RADIUS Festival for advanced electronic music and related visual art from Post Soviet Countries at CAT MAK, Vienna. ⁄S⁄O⁄N⁄I⁄C⁄ ⁄Z⁄O⁄N⁄E⁄S⁄ Festivals and Events in Azerbajan, Belarus, Ukraine, Kasachstan, Lituania, Estonia, Russia (incl. Arctis, Siberia, Far East). (Honorary Mention Digital Musics & Sound Art, Ars Electronica 2011)

Solo exhibitions: Charim Galerie (Vienna/ AT), Galerie HIT (Bratislava/ SK), Kunstbunker, Forum für zeitgenössische Kunst (Nürnberg/ DE), NCCA (Moscow/RU). Group exhibitions (selection): 5 th Marrakech Biennale (MA, 2014), MAMassachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, NY (USA), Russian Museum, St. Petersburg (RU), Lentos Museum, Linz (AT), Kunsthalle Krems (AT), CAT MAK (Vienna),  Kunsthalle Exnergasse (Vienna), ART FORUM BERLIN (DE), Transit (Bratislava/SK), Barents Triennale (Kirkenes/NO, Murmansk/RU), Galerist Galery (Istanbul/TK), ARCO (Madrid/ES), Shinjyuku Ganka Gallery (Tokio/JP), 21er Haus/ Belvedere and Augarten Contemporary (Vienna/AT), Living Art Museum (Reykjavik/ISL), Volkspalast (Berlin/DE).

Since 2015 she is editor  of the Filet Magazine (Belarus).
www.annaceeh.com

 

 

XXXXi̶s̶m̶ TMC

                    Iv Toshain, Matthias Makowsky, Anna Ceeh, Heldeplatz Vienna 2016

 

 

Since 2016 the female duo incorporate a man into the art-label –XXXXi̶s̶m̶Toshain/Makowsky/Ceeh  working together on the anti-war performance project “Mир-Mиру-Friede”, which was shown in the public space of Vienna and at the 57th Biennale di Venezia.

 

MATTHIAS MAKOWSKY (born 1978 in Vienna, Austria)

Matthias Makowsky is an Austrian artist, composer, and exhibition curator. He lives and works in Vienna. He has curated Jennyfair (2009–2011), Galerie Ausstellungsstrasse 53 (2009–2011), Eberharter Display (2010), and PARKFAIR (2011, 2012, 2014).

www.parkfair.at

 

 

 

2017

 

            “МИР – МИРУ – FRIEDE”  – Guerilla Performance  – 57th Biennale di Venezia

          

Guerilla Poster Exhibition in the public space of General Luna (Siargao, Philippines) and Hong Kong (China)

 

„Frau_Mann_Transgender fotografiert: Feminismus“ – MUWA/ Museum of Perception – Graz /AT

 

            Transparent Borders – Centre „Red“– Moscow/ RU

2016

 

           ANTI-WAR PERFORMANCE “МИР- МИРУ-FRIEDE”, WIR SIND WIEN FESTIVAL , VIENNA

 

           More than SHE – Dotyk Festival – Korpus 8 – Horizont factory –  Minsk/BY

 

 

MediaBarCamp – Lituania

 

 

         

2015

 

     My colour is red– National Center for Contemporary Arts – Moscow/RU

EUREKA – Carte blanche to Kendell Geers – Galerist Gallery – Istanbul/TK

URBAN DIARY – Vienna Extended / Part of Destination Vienna / Kunsthalle Wien – Charim Events –Vienna/AT

URBAN DIARY – Vienna Extended / Part of Destination Vienna / Kunsthalle Wien – Charim Galerie – Vienna/AT

FUCKi̶s̶m̶ TC РИТУАЛ – Guerilla poster compain in the City of Vienna– public space – Vienna/AT

Giveaways Performance  – Leopold Museum, Secession – Vienna/AT

FXXXi̶s̶m̶ Toshain / Ceeh: “ВОСКРЕСЕНИE“ performance – public space – Schleifmühlgasse, Kunsthalle Wien – Vienna/AT

ANATOMIA. Perfect Body– Center for Contemporary Arts Minsk/ BY „Shoes or not Shoes“ – SONS Museum – /BE

SAW II, Hoenig Galerie – Vienna/AT/

Art Vendetta, Guerilla Performance, 5. Moscow Biennale – Moscow /RU

 

 

 

 

2014FEMINi̶s̶m̶TC: ПРЕЙЪР –  Poster Projekt im öffentlichen Raum, KÖR – Vienna/AT

Toshain / Ceeh launching multiple label names, Vienna Underground Stations/ AT

“Attention Economy 2” – The guerilla art performance -kunsthalle Wien, Vienna/ AT

 

 

 

PARKFAIR TERMINARTOR, site specific concept – Vienna/AT

PARKFAIR TERMINARTOR /concept, full execution – Vienna/AT

 

2013„БАЙХТЕ” – Charim Events – Vienna/AT

VIENNAFAIR – Charim Galerie – Vienna/AT

Parallel Vienna –  Thelegraphenamt -curated by Stefan Bidner -Vienna/ AT Dis-play Prater-stern – Wie Wir Leben Wollen -curated by Ursula Maria Probst-Vienna/ AT

ANNA CEEH/ IV TOSHAIN: ХАЙЛИГ -Kunstraum am Schauplatz -Büro weltausstellung -Spiegelkabinet-curated by Stefan Bidner-Vienna/ AT

 

HOT ВИЗИБЛ performance –S/HE IS THE ONE– Kunstraum Niederösterreich –  Wiener Art Week, /AT

 

 

 

SAW I, Hoenig Galerie – Vienna/AT

2012„ANNA CEEH – IV TOSHAIN“, Künstlerhauspassage – Vienna/AT