Solely you It's not/
ART WORKS! European Culture of Resistance and Liberation

Solely You It’s Not is a work produced by a group from the town of St. Pölten in Austria with the artist collective of Ruth Anderwald and Leonhard Grond

Together with Zoé Gendron, Franziska Hinteregger, Sara Hörtenhuber, Minou Nekolny, Janine Scheer, Kerstin Schwarz, Catherine Spet, FH St. Pölten in cooperation with Center of Contemporary History Melk

Exhibited at  Cubo Garutti – Piccolo Museion: European project ART WORKS! European Culture of Resistance and Liberation &  MSU Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb 

https://culture-of-resistance.eu

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Description

As part of the international project ART WORKS! - European Culture of Resistance and Liberation we went on the search for artworks, that were created as a sign of resistance. After researching the Resistance during WW II individually, we realized that all of us focused on female historical figures. Thus, we chose to focus mainly on that aspect of the Resistance: the stories and accomplishments of those who are seldomly heard, whose stories are fractured and even harder to re-trace: the female resistance. During our research, we found out about Hilde Meisel - a resistance fighter in the Second World War. We were fascinated by her story and decided to make her poem ‘Das ist's’ the centrepiece of our artistic work. Using analogue and 3D Animation, 2D visuals and accompanying soundscapes, we created a short film. The goal hereby was to display the unity, diversity and fortitude of those who fought for liberty and justice. 

This work consists of photographic portraits of European women who took part in the Resistance during the Second World War accompanied by a poem written by Hilde Meisel, an Austrian journalist who used her writing to fight the Nazi regime. The work also includes an audio of different voices and languages that repeat the title of the Meisel poem. Through a VR installation, one can experience the peaceful yet powerful act of resistance by watching the spread  of leaflets, which contain the portraits of those women. The 3d animation aims to put the viewer right into the middle of the events as a gesture of raising awareness. 

Exhibited at  Cubo Garutti – Piccolo Museion: European project ART WORKS! European Culture of Resistance and Liberation &  MSU Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb 

"The Cubo further hosts Solely You It’s Not, a work produced by a group from the University St. Pölten in Austria mentored by the artist collective Anderwald + Grond. Their work consists of a poster series of European women who took an active part in the Resistance during World War II. It is based on Hilde Meisel’s work, an Austrian journalist and writer who fought against the Nazi regime. They also included an audio work that unites different European voices and languages in recitation of Meisel’s poem Das ist’s [‘tis]."