Cheap has a high price

The art work of the series CHEAP HAS A HIGH PRICE (GRATIS KOMMT UNS TEUER) by Manuela Picallo Gil confronts viewers and readers of tabloids. The banners use images and phrases to criticize the broad approval and acceptance of their form of reporting and would like to initiate a discourse, but above all, a collective action. If media reflect our society, we should ask ourselves if we want to live in such a society where xenophobia and sexism are part of everyday life.

We get the media we support (Wir bekommen die Medien, die wir fördern), 2020, Transparent, 130 x 185 cm
Austria: Free tastes me (Österreich schmeckt mir),
2021, Transparent, 130,40 x 220 cm
Stereotypes are our specialty (Stereotype sind unser Fachgeschäft),
2021, Transparent, 120 x 225 cm
Your fear is our motivation (Ihre Angst ist unsere Motivation),
2021, Transparent, 145 x 220 cm
Friends through thick and thick (Freunde durch dick und dick), 2021, Transparent, 134,17 x 209,5 cm
One hand washes the other (Eine Hand wäscht die andere), 2021, Transparent, 130 x 209,50 cm


Over the years, a collection of the tabloids Heute and Österreich/oe24 grew up. The free newspapers are arranged chronologically and bounded per month. Missing newspapers are replaced by blank sheets of paper, providing space for thoughts, research and narratives in the form of handwritten texts and illustrations. 

The daily exploration is a constant attempt to understand both myself and my surroundings. As the documentation of these two questionable newspapers becomes my diary, voids fill in, I recognize my own fears, struggles, desires, principles, and prejudices. When media reflects our society, I don’t like this reflection and it remains my daily motivation to be part of a change.

CHRONIKEN MEINER ZEIT-opening hours:  The Access to the chronicles invited visitors to go threw the books and to express themselves acoustically, to become part of the anti-archive with their voice and to contribute their own thoughts in an open narrative. Outside of these hours during the exhibition time, two view books are available to the visitors and headphones to listen to the previous visitors’ comments.

today’s and austrian list of Corona

heutige Corona-Liste und österreichische Corona-Liste
(today’s list of Corona and austrian list of Corona)

2020, 7 pages, ink on paper, set on a mädi 3000 typewriter

Tabacco Shop Mind The Gap

Tabacco Shop MIND THE GAP
collaborativ project with Sanae Arraqas, curated by Christine Bruckbauer at philomena+ art & architecture platform, artist talk moderated by Janine Maria Schneider

In the state of emergency, social, political and economic life is restricted to a minimum. All stores serving basic needs are open – including tobacconists. The Tobacconist MIND THE GAP uses the concept of a tobacconist’s store to reveal consumption and life in time of crisis, which will be reduced to “basic needs”. Cigarettes, raffles, signposts, postcards, stamps, newspapers and other goods are apparently considered as life-sustaining goods. Dependence on certain standards is apparently to be maintained. But where is the art to question this. Who recognizes the need for this vital “commodity” in a time of alienation? In the exhibition the cover of a tobacconist’s shop makes it possible to make visible structures that influence our everyday life and increase the distance between people. At the same time, measures of distance are followed that promote increasing alienation. Because our society is pervaded by a gap that spreads like a virus and is also carried on by the media.

MIND THE GAP refers to the announcement of the same name in public transportation to draw attention to the gap. A gap between platform and vehicle, a distance between us humans within a space, a distance between each other, a gap between us that could grow increasingly.

The paintings on canvases or framed, prints on the wall and some postcards in the Tobacco Shop MIND THE GAP are by the artist Sanae Arraqas. The Illustration of the invitation card was a collaboration between the two artist: Mind The Gap II, 2020, mixed media, 128 x 210 cm

Weather, 2020, vlis wallpaper, 250 x 300 cm
Post cards #1 – #100, 2020, wooden cards, each 10,5 x 15 cm
Newspaper-Trash-Box, 2018, metall, 40 x 30 x 85 cm
Hole-Newspaper, 2018, stacked, 13 x 18 cm
Cigarette Packets #1 – #100, 2020, each 8,6 or 10,3 x 5,5 x 2,2 cm
Mind The Gap painted concept #1 – #2, 2020, watercolour paintings, 29 x 21 cm

Top auf Instagram 2019

Heute – Top on Instagram 2019
Chronicles of my Time, artist book, 2020,
in the collection of the library of the University of Applied Arts Vienna

Stool Notes

Stool Notes (details)
#1 Neologism, #3 Haiga, #2 Haiku, #4 Facts
2019, ink on paper, 29,7 x 21 cm

faded out #3

faded out #3 – XL
2020, participatory installation with sound and mat, mixed media, 400 x 450 cm

Austria is flat. Do you know that?


Austria is flat. Do you know that?
2019, rotating installation, paper, cardboard, ceramic, moving plate, rotary table, Ø 105 cm



Mohnmanie is a collaborative project with the mexican artist Oscar Cueto that refers to an economy in which revenue has replaced ethical principles. Cueto and Picallo Gil question if following unethical procedures in order to reach that economical benefit is valid. This collaborative project does not question the nature of the poppy or the mass media, but an economic system that allows and encourages polarization, social hierarchies and unequal working conditions to keep a clear division between those who produce and consume the good and those who accumulate the profits. These thoughts are expressed through a publication (folder as pdf below), an installation, illustrations, a photographic work in public space and a participative action with poppy ice cream at NOTGALERIE Kunstraum Nord, an art project by Reinhold Zisser. DJ Fresh Andy performed at the exhibition.

Folder Mohnmanie:

faded out #2 – Once upon a time












faded out #2 – Once upon a time there was big Assertion…
2018, hanging installation with sound and mat, mixed media, about 200 x 200 cm

“We are our ideas. […] Our sheer existence consists of the pictures we take of ourselves […]. The worst thing that can happen to us is that there are no ideas of us. “Writer and Pulitzer Prize winner N. Scott Momaday

Although there are many contradictions in how people of a particular gender are physical, we as babies are already associated with a gender conception to conform to the norm. People who do not fit into this category often experience discrimination in everyday life as well as institutionally.
However, developing openness to gender diversity is essential to living together. The installation faded out thus shows the variety of physical gender characteristics. In addition, on a further level, the lack of external sexual characteristics in toys is discussed using the example of plush toys & co. Because geniuses are still taboo and therefore hidden from our everyday life.

30 Days Challenge

30 Days Challenge –  How to use Heute/Österreich in a smart way, photographs on newspaper, 2018, project on Instagram