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memento Prunus mahaleb

memento Prunus mahaleb, 2023, textile installation, 2 x 800 cm

Textile banners move with the wind and tell through images and words the story of the small village in Burgenland and especially of those people, who are connected with the cultivation of the mahaleb cherry.


Walbersdorf, once the center of the mahaleb cherry cultivation. The story of the village and especially that of the family of the last the mahaleb cherry farmer in Austria is told by a single mahaleb cherry branch, whose purpose would have been a walking stick, umbrella handle or pipe. Now reconstructed, this mahaleb cherry branch with its reddish shimmering wood, seems to grow on. Sorrounded by young green mahaleb cherry plants, it presents its leaves, bringing moments of the past into the present. Erwin Lang, other family members and futher participants are talking of labor as identity – from obligations to failures to opportunities. Their voices bring this installation to life and share their memories with visitors to KUGA’s 40th anniversary exhibition.


DESTAJOAKKORDARBEIT by collective CRAFT (Oscar Cueto and Manuela Picallo Gil), presented on the terrace of “Horror”. On this occasion, the collective produced a live action aimed at the handmade production of a flag. The letters of the saying “Al mal tiempo buena carra” (“Despite bad weather, keep smiling”) were sewn on the textile. The piece reflects on the idea of work as an ethical, moral and hygienic measure. The collective invited to collabora with Roy Meuwissen (NL/CA), who defined the content of the textile piece and with Doris Steinbichler (AT/MX), whose sound work “se compran colchones” set the rhythm of the action. Steinbichler modifyed the advertisement “se compran colchones” by María del Mar Terrón (MX).

Text by Roy Meuwissen: DESTAJOAKKORDARBEIT_english.pdf

DESTAJOAKKORDARBEIT, 2023, project by collective CRAFT

MUME Festival der Platane

MUME Festival der Platane

MUME (Museo Mexicano/Mexican Museum) is a nomadic anti-museum by artist Oscar Cueto that seeks to create alternate narratives in the decolonial and global migration context, presenting collaborative projects between international curators and artists in Austria. For this edition, Austrian artist Manuela Picallo Gil will present the “Festival der Platane” at the MUME in collaboration with nine further artists.

The three-day Festival der Platane proposes a paradigm shift in relation to monument culture. In search of a reference point for resistance, protest and peace, the festival aims to orient the current discourse on monuments towards the mighty shade plane tree, whose roots have been anchored in the soil of Vienna’s first district at Dr. Karl Lueger Square for more than 100 years.

DAY 1 l May 20
Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Platz & Die Druckstube, Vienna
Workshop with high school students of BORG15: Anti monuments, civil disobedience and risograph printing by Oscar Cueto, Giulio Paolini & Manuela Picallo Gil

DAY 2 l June 24
Die Druckstube, Darwingasse 23, 1020 Vienna
6:00 pm | Printing Action by Giulio Paolini & Manuela Picallo Gil

Fanzine (german language, digital Version): FANZINE_Platz der Platane_2022_MUME.pdf

DAY 3 l June 25
Dr. Karl Lueger Square, 1010 Vienna
4.30 pm | Action by Hubert Hasler
5:15 pm | Talk with Dora Kuthy
6:00 pm | Lecture by Lena Lieselotte Schuster
6:45 pm | Music by Gobi Drab, Laura Pudelek, Bernhard Schoeberl and Reni Weichselbaum


2021, Newspapers, each 32 x 28 cm and performance action in Pueblo, Mexico.

The Mexican free newspaper publimetro reports with various headlines about the censorship on the art of Manuela Picallo Gil in public space in Austria. Cover illustrations point to the theft of art by unknown vandals and about the concern of an art space, to bite the hand that feeds it. The fusion of a the publimetro publisher and an Austrian tabloid causes a sensation. Publimetro reports on protests and criticism of the Austrian boulevard publisher’s reporting and future restrictions on press freedom.

By mixing fictional and real events, these illustrated covers inform, criticize, and attempt to gain attention in the style of tabloid media.

Click on the illustration below to read the text.


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.

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

Gratis kommt uns teuer

The transparent series Gratis kommt uns teuer (Cheap has a high price) inscribes itself in an economy of attention with intensive colors and large headings. The banners intend to be quickly consumed in passing. Superficial phrases that reveal little about the content addressed are used.

This common method used by tabloid publishers to trigger emotions with images and text is used here and intended to use media-critical headlines and texts to criticize outrage on the part of the population at the broad approval and acceptance of the reporting in those daily newspapers.

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 220 cm
One hand washes the other (Eine Hand wäscht die andere), 2021, Transparent, 130 x 209,50 cm

faded out #1 – 3

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

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

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.

faded out #1
2014-15, textil, wooden chair and box, about 200 x 200 cm

MOHNMANIE – collective CRAFT

MOHNMANIE is a project by the collectiv CRAFT (Oscar Cueto and Manuela Picallo Gil) that refers to an economy in which revenue has replaced ethical principles. Craft 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 (Papierveraceae somniferum #1 and #2, mixed media on cardboard, 32,8 x 26 cm), 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:

MOHNMANIE, 2019, project by collective CRAFT

In Black and White – Decoration: None

In Black and White – Decoration: None
2014, wallpaper, wood glue, pigment, wooden frame, 200 x 100 cm

“Language creates reality. We can only see, perceive and recognize, if we can also name this and represent it linguistically. […]” W. Wilhelm

Our contemporary society fueled by a relentless economy of hegemonic beauty norms creates the utopia of a human ideal. The installation In Black and White – Decoration: None addresses this problematic in order to counteract standardizations regarding sex*. The installation presents a sex diversity that is otherwise obscured and hidden by everyday discourse. The diversity is summarized and delimited in the language with universal designations.

* referring to the biological aspects of an individual as determined by their anatomy – according to the theory of Judith Butler.

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Stuhlen (to stool)

Stuhlen (to stool)
2014/2015, mixed media, selection of the collection 
The contexualisation of this work varies dependent on the language.

first line, left:  Stuhlprobe,  right: Stuhlgang II, photography and object
second line, left: Stuhlgang I, right: Rollstuhl, photography and object

first line, left:  Stuhlen,  right: Stuhlbuch – Toiletten (2014), photography and object
second line, left: Glockenstuhlen,  right: Raum bestuhlen, photography and object

Sehtest (Eye test) (2016), photography on dibond