March 12-14, 2021 Residency @Löwenhof, St. Pölten
My upcoming short term residency will take place on the weekend in the middle of March at the Startraum in the cultural cluster of Löwenhof in St. Pölten, Lower Austria.
Big thanks go out to the initiative KulturhauptSTART SANKT PÖLTEN, who provide me not only with a studio and a place to sleep but also with healthy food, great coffee and an introduction into St.Pölten's art and cultural scene.
The exhibition is currently closed due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
Next possible reopening date is in the beginning of May, 2021.
UPCOMING EXHIBITION Nov 02, 2020 "S22W33" @Podium, Westbahnstrasse, Vienna
My upcoming exhibition S22W33 will be extreme-soft-opening on Monday, Nov 02.
The exhibition deals with the interconnection of places in time and space. In a first initiating step I will create a physical connection between my studio and the exhibition space - both within the same residential block - by spanning a red cord over a linear distance of 170m. On its way it will cross various court- and backyards, encounter semi-public and private spaces including people and neighbours who will be supportive and objective to the project.
By Nov 1st this umbilical cord should be established and tried to be maintained for the duration of the show.
Once this physical connection is provided I will supply Podium with a cluster of Matière-paintings I created over the last two years. Further new works will be added and installed over a period of several weeks in a dynamic exhibition process, nourished by the umbilical cord connecting the place where ideas are born with the place where they are presented to the world.
Architectural short film in collaboration with StudioVlayStreeruwitz and Wolfgang Thaler
I have been invited to star in a 3-minute film on the architectural project MIO in Vienna's new Sonnwendviertel.
Watch the video below !
*** Artist at BBA Gallery in Berlin ***
I am proud to announce that I am going to be represented as guest artist by BBA Gallery.
Participation in the group exhibition "HOME"
Aug, 7- Sept, 16th 2020 Rome, IT
I am very happy to communicate that one of my photographic works of the series "Das kleine Ich bin Ich" will be shown in the international group show Home. The exhibition is curated by LoosenArt Gallery and my work will be shown in date 28th August - 7th September 2020. The exhibition space is open from Monday to Friday 9am - 8pm. For further information click the image below.
May 26, 2020 Capsules Book Curatorial Vol2 out now
I am contributing with several works of my Matière and Matière Noire series to the 2nd Curatorial edition of Capsules Book,
a boutique independent publisher from Melbourne, Australia..
Jan 19, 2020 Full interview with Al-Tiba9 is now online
The interview I gave to curator Mohamed Benhadj has been published in Al-Tiba9 Magazine Issue 02.
12 answers that provide an insight into my work process as well as my idea about ideas. Read the complete interview here.
Jan 11, 2020 New Year - same intentions?
Exhibition view of Polymatière #I, a composition of eight Matière-paintings.
UPCOMING EXHIBITION Nov 09, 2019 "Homissage #2 - Repetitio"
Please get in contact for further information on my upcoming exhibition Homissage #2 - Repetitio
on 9th November 2019 in Vienna's 7th district.
I'll be showing new works including fresh Matière-paintings as well as a selection of six portraits
of my new series "G-BITTE". In addition there will be the occasion to see my latest photographic project.
Sept 29, 2019 "Could not finish painting - had to (...)" @ Parallel Vienna
Thank you Kunstraum SUPER !
Jan 01, 2019 Endless Walk
I don't know if any of you have heard about it yet but according to leading historians 2019 will be the greatest year in human history!
Nov 18, 2018 Al-Tiba 9 Art Magazine Issue #2 - OUT NOW!
Some of my works from the Matières series are published in Barcelona based Al-Tiba 9 Art Magazine, Issue #2.
You can download a copy on www.altiba9.com. In addition there is an exclusive interview where I'm talking about my artistic intentions, current projects and the idea of recording time.
Nov 15, 2018 Average Art Magazine 28
New works of the series Matières are going to be published on the november edition of Average Art Magazine.
You can pre-order a copy here:
Nov 13, 2018 Al-Tiba 9 Art Magazine Issue #2
Matière | About the recording of time --- INTERVIEW ---
Jan 01, 2018 Endless Sculpture
I don't know if any of you have heard about it yet but according to leading historians 2018 will be the greatest year in human history!
Nov 04, 2017 6pm | Finissage "punkt strich gedærm"
***************************************************** 7PM LIVE PERFORMANCE *********************************************************
****************************************** 9PM ELECTRONIC SOUNDS BY SUBTOPOS *******************************************
Zum Abschluss der Ausstellung punkt strich gedærm laden space stilage, Anton Lefabi und Subtopos am Samstag, 04.11.2017 ab 18h zur abendlich-nächtlichen Finissage! Dabei wollen wir kollektiv loslassen, ein letztes Mal schwarz sehen und uns je nach Lust und Laune auf verschiedenste Art und Weise in die Kurzzeit-Versenkung schiessen...
Looking forward to welcoming you on Nov 4th at space stilage, Salzgries 21, 1010 Vienna.
Oct 14 - Nov 05, 2017 EXHIBITION punkt strich gedærm OPEN NOW
My second solo exhibition with space stilage is open now and runs till 5th november @ space stilage, Salzgries 21, 1010 Vienna.
I will be present during the opening hours and would be happy to welcome you and have a nice talk about nothing less than the shittiness of the current geopolitical situation.
Open on fridays, saturdays and sundays from 11am to 7pm!
(and on appointment)
Oct 13, 2017 6pm | Vernissage "punkt strich gedærm", Vienna
I am pleased to announce punkt strich gedærm, my upcoming solo show at space stilage, Vienna.
See you at the opening on October 13th, 6pm @ space stilage, Salzgries 21, 1010 Vienna.
Aug 30, 2017 | Q&A | Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art, Gabrovo
Антон Лефаби – Австрия
Anton Lefabi – Austria
What is the role of humour and satire in your work?
When facing crisis or dire situations, rather than turning to pessimism, despair and self-pity, I prefer creating satiric or ironic alternatives. Humour and satire enable me to withdraw the severity of a situation or a subject, while at the same time sensitizing people to it. In a certain way I try to hi-jack the weight of heaviness. The viewer is challenged but also tested by the absurdity of the work's message. If a work triggers the borderlining mix of a "WTF- lol -WTF- lol"-emotion, it's because the intention is always to heighten the awareness about a subject matter and to raise questions about our own attitude towards it. Why can I laugh while playing with waggling and collapsing World-Trade-Center models? And what does it mean if I can not?
Is there anything you would like to share about the work you take part with in the Biennial – a story, how you came round to make it, reactions by viewers?
"My Favourite Strange Game" is an interactive artwork based on the famous parlor game “Jenga”. It offers a playful way for all kids born after 9/11 to deal with the destruction of the World Trade Center twin towers. Before starting to play you have to build up the towers by placing block over block. This preparation process takes some time and has to be done very carefully. The final stacked towers are highly wobbling. Now you can play. By trying to pull out the first wooden block, normally everything collapses. You won (if you played the terrorist) and the game is over. Therefore it’s an extremely satisfying game, because you instantly win all the time. At the other hand you actually never really start to play… You are constantly either reconstructing, or destroying. An instructive way to learn about the instability of our world?
Can you mention an artist you like who uses humour in her/his work or a favourite work of art making use of humour?
I am an admirer of Sigmar Polke and Martin Kippenberger.
Mai 19, 2017 | Opening of the 23rd International Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art
I am delighted to invite you to the opening of the 23rd International Biennial of
Humour and Satire in Art, taking place in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. I am contributing
with the work My Favourite Strange Game, offering young visitors aged 9 to 11
to get actively involved in the bittersweet destruction process by playing with
the twin sculptures.
The new Biennial website allows you to get acquainted with all works selected to be shown in the exhibition including
annotations to them.
Feb 23, 2017 | Become a Bruchteil-LeibeignerIn now
5 months ago Philipp Stern, Hunterspeak and I transformed the Twin-Tower sculptures into sawn pieces to be shared. At the moment we count 21 people who own one piece each - and constitute the exquisite "Leibeigner"-group. If you like to become a member and join this semi-secret group: there are still some pieces left to acquire!
Simply contact me via mail by telling me the free-to-choose donating amount and get your own "Bruchteil" in exchange.
Oct 02, 2016 | Finissage "tic toc tic toc"
Today is the last day of my first solo-exhibition "tic toc tic toc", which i.a. deals with the subject of 9/11. From 3-7pm there will -once again- be the occasion to discuss and reflect on falling towers, empathy, inside-jokes, PU-foam as well as Allah, the world and his brother.
For your better digestion, drinks, sweets and popcorn will be served!
See you today @ Salzgries 21, 1010 Vienna.
Sept 23, 2016 | Midissage "tic toc tic toc"
At 8pm I will attack the twin towers in a clerical ritual by performing together with Philipp Stern and Hunterspeak!
Here is tonight's program:
6 pm: entry, artist-meet-up and wine tasting
7 pm: Guided exhibition tours with expert David Djabbari
8 pm: "Der Leib XY"-performance with Anton Lefabi, Philipp Stern and Hunterspeak
9 pm: Engagement, Engagement, Engagement!
Stop by at Salzgries 21, 1010 Vienna.
Sept 11, 2016 | Vernissage "tic toc tic toc" at space stilage + Kreuztour Performance
Entry Performance: 11.9.2016, 12:00, Salzgries 21
Vernissage: 11.9.2016, 14:00-18:00
Midissage: 23.9.2016, 18:00-22:00
Finissage: 02.10.2016, 15:00-19:00
Zur feierlichen Eröffnung des space stilage erkunden wir in der Einzelausstellung "tic toc tic toc" von Anton Lefabi ab dem 11.9. den schmalen Grat zwischen Gedenken / Zweifel und Gleichgültigkeit / Obsession in Bezug auf 9/11.
In "tic toc tic toc" wird der Versuch der Annäherung an das heute noch Unfassbare, aber auch das vergebliche Unternehmen, dieses Ereignis, welches sich heuer zum 15. Mal jährt, zu begreifen, in vielfältiger Form sichtbar. Dabei stehen Wiederholung, Maßstab und Proportion in Kombination mit der Vergänglichkeit von Zeit im Mittelpunkt.
Die gezeigten Arbeiten umfassen skulpturale Objekte, Zeichnungen, Gemälde sowie raumgreifende Installationen und Performances.