Contemporary commemoration and the failing of philanthropy in public space. Architect Gabu Heindl and artist Eduard Freudmann on plans for a monument to the Polish Righteous Gentiles in Warsaw.
Eduard Freudmann is an artist who lives and works in Vienna. He teaches as a Senior Artist at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. His work deals with the politics of commemoration and history, questions regarding archives, and the dilemma of the mediazation of the Shoah. Freudmann is interested in both official and unofficial historical-political manifestations in public space as well as approaches to the writing of microhistory. Freudmann produces his projects individually as well as in (temporary) collectives. He links interventionist and documentary strategies with narrative and fictitious elements and uses various formats and media such as video, installation or performance. Freudmann is the author of articles and books which are integral components of his artistic work. His projects have been presented in exhibitions, biennials and film festivals. | www.eduardfreudmann.com
Gabu Heindl is an architect and urbanist in Vienna operating at the intersection of architecture, research, art and urban planning. Her studio GABU Heindl Architektur specializes in architectural concepts and realizations of public interventions and cultural or social buildings. A special interest of Gabu Heindl’s work relates to the politics of remembrance in public space as well as to history and politics of urban planning and participatory processes. She is organizer and curator of exhibitions, lectures and symposia, e.g. in her capacity as chair of the Austrian Society for Architecture in Vienna. Heindl teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She is the author or (co-)editor of numerous publications in books and journals such as “Just Architecture”, ERA21 (1.2012), or position alltag – architecture in the context of everyday life (HDA 2009). Her projects have been awarded and exhibited internationally. | www.gabuheindl.at