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07.01.2020 - 26.01.2020


Katharina Gruzei, Kosmos Train, from the series “Mir Metro,” 2020.
Photo: Courtesy of the artist, Bildrecht und Charim Galerie Wien.

The 2018 Salzburg Art Award winner will present new work.


Midissage: Fr, 17 January 2020, 8pm


For this long-term project, the work of Katharina Gruzei explores the Moscow metro and its socio-political and historical implications. In this spirit, “Mir Metro” (Мир метро), Russian for “Metro World ,” stands emblematically for the exploration of an everyday place beneath the city. While transit areas are frequently described as “non-places” in being transitory by nature, Moscow’s metro represents in fact the opposite.

Begun as a prestigious project of the USSR (the so-called “Palaces for the People”) and constructed simultaneously to serve as bunkers, Moscow’s metro has always been conceived as a place simply to be. To this day, it offers a habitat wherein socio-political tendencies have always been evident. Katharina Gruzei takes a kaleidoscopic look at this semi-public space and weaves her series of photographs into a journey through space and time.

Katharina Gruzei (*1983 in Klagenfurt) lives and works in Linz and Vienna.