Individual residencies / Olot


From Monday, 12 September 2022 to Saturday, 17 September 2022

Leipzig, Germany


Anna-Maria Kursawe, who grew up in Berlin and Munich, completed both painting and architecture studies as part of her artistic training at Burg Giebichenstein and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). In 2005 she studied for 1 semester at the ETSAV in Sant Cugat del Vallès. She is a master student at the UdK Berlin and also completed her architecture diploma there in 2008. Since 2008 she has been working freelance in the field of painting and wall-space works. From 2012-2016 she was director of the Kunstverein Erlangen. In 2011 she won the art prize of the VR Bank Metropolregion Nürnberg eG. Anna-Maria Kursawe lives and works in Leipzig.


I use painting to explore the effects of globalisation on the built environment as well as contemporary ways of life, using an ecological choice of materials. For a long time, I have therefore been concerned with transitory spaces, that is, with the architectural expression of globalisation. Now I would like to examine the topic under the cultural conditions of inland Catalonia and get to know the Catalan perspective on it. In Olot, I will draw and watercolour on site to collect archive material for my works to be executed in elaborate egg tempera painting on wood in the studio.

Places of transit

Painting, like thinking, is strongly influenced by the landscape, climate and light of the surrounding region. Therefore, the stay in Olot was very inspiring for me, because it brought new visual impressions.

As a painter, I have long been concerned with transitory spaces, that is, with the architectural expression of globalisation. In the wake of the new war in Europe, the theme of space currently has a current significance from the perspective of shifting borders and reopened borders. My painterly work is situated in this field of tension. During the days in Olot, I was able to concentrate on painting on paper and thus collect archive material from which I will compose new pictures in the studio in Germany.

In addition, the exchange with colleagues was very fruitful. Although, or perhaps precisely because, they work in other artistic fields, we had very stimulating conversations across genre and cultural boundaries. And we realised that important themes of the time such as migration and globalisation are often the same starting point for our different artistic projects and that we are looking for things that are not so different. In this sense, I hope that our newly established contacts will continue and lead to some kind of collaboration in the future.

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