Newspaper Rolls, Hole Newspapers & Artist Talk

Thanks to Helga Schwarzwald, Managing Director of Verband Freier Rundfunk Österreich for the invitation to exhibit in the window display and the talk: Media Criticism with Artistic Means: A conversation with Manuela Picallo Gil

Thanks as well to the participants and DORFTV for publishing the talk on their website: Join here to watch the recording.

In its work on media policy, as well as in media literacy education, the Verband Freier Rundfunk Österreich (Association of Free Radio Austria) repeatedly tries to address the negative consequences of stereotyping, emotional exaggeration and clickbaiting by the media. In doing so, it is important to emphasize the real effects on social interaction and on the quality of public discourse. In campaigns, discussions and statements they often do not manage to do this in such a catchy and vivid way as the visual artist Manuela Picallo Gil succeeds in doing with her works.

For this reason Verband Freier Rundfunk Österreich invited guests to join the conversation between Helga Schwarzwald and Manuela Picallo Gil via ZOOM to find out about her art works, the content and media-critical motivations. Helga Schwarzwald added the context of the media-political reality in Austria.

Manuela Picallo Gil herself writes: “My media-critical works focus on the tabloid media oe24/Austria and Heute in order to confront their viewers with how they use the freedom of the press. Media play a fundamental role in shaping people’s opinions, decisively influencing the intellectual life as well as the actions of their time. The contents conveyed, the terms used as well as the visual material generate feelings, have an effect on topics of conversation as well as convictions and shape the cultural epoch. A call for the population to question the free newspapers and – more recently – their online publications, I feel is essential. Because if newspapers 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.”

Text: Helga Schwarzwald, Managing Director of Verband Freier Rundfunk Österreich


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recent exhibitions and projects


duo exhibition with Sanae Arraqas,
curated by Christine Bruckbauer

opening: 20. August 2020, at 7 pm
place: philomena+ project room, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Vienna

closing and artists´talk: 11. September 2020, at 6 pm
Moderatorin: Janine Maria Schneider


Keeping distance, we have learned in the last few months, can save lives. With the warning “Mind the Gap” the artists intend to point out the danger that arises when the discrepancy between each other becomes too big.

According to Manuela Picallo Gil social gaps arise for example from biased news reporting. Tabloid papers, often distributed free of charge at public transport stops, play a major role in shaping public opinion and greatly influence the intellectual life and actions of our time. For some time now, she has chosen this free print medium in question as the starting material for her artistic practice.

Sanae Arraqas’ painterly paper works show the alienation of the individual in the context of the growing pace and digitalisation of everyday life. Her involuntary confinement in Côte d’Ivoire during the last three months resulted in the personal experience of another crucial aspect of the subject: the question of the right of self-determination, which is above all prevented by deadlocked white-suprematist, market-economy dependency relationships and hinders the emancipation of former colonial countries.



#7 Fit’ri:na  فترينة  –  Sanae Arraqas & Manuela Picallo Gil
Preview Mind the Gap
Installation and Slide Show
13/08 – 19/08/2020

The last episode of the Fit’ri:na فترينة  festival, which started in spring, offers an insight into the development process of the residency and exhibition project MIND THE GAP (21/08 – 12/09/2020) by Sanae Arraqas and Manuela Picallo Gil. The exhibition, originally planned for March 2020, is now presented with a revised concept, referring to the experiences of the artists during the Corona shutdown in Abidjan, Marrakech and Vienna.
As part of the Fit’ri:na فترينة festival, they will present watercoloured design drawings, photographs and objects in the philomena+ showcase, giving passers-by a taste of the upcoming exhibition.

Fit’ri:na  فترينة    

curated by Christine Bruckbauer and Aline Lenzhofer
A festival behind glass as a reaction to the oppressive situation during the Corona standstill.

From 13 August the works can be viewed in the shop window of
philomena+ project room, Heinestraße 40, 1020 Wien


Friday, 14. August, 6 pm


workshop: Über Susi sprechen wir nicht./ We don´t talk about Susi.
with Manuela Picallo Gil (german + english)

All areas of our society are shaped by gender and thus by in-depth ideas. In the workshop We don´t talk about Susi we will consider which parts make up gender constructions. Examples from everyday life as well as artistic works invite the participants to take part in the discourse. In addition to raising awareness, the workshop aims to promote networking and exchange and is open to all interested parties.
Registration is requested:

Date and time:
Friday, august 14th at 6 pm

Coffee House Cairo12-14 Contemporary
Schleifmühlgasse 12-14
A-1040 Vienna
Tel +43 6767354910



The field of exhibitors was deliberately kept small in order to enable an intensive exchange with the visitors. The carefully selected publications of the
1st EDITONALE Vienna come from different countries. You can see Unique drawing books and text in mixed media by artist Tone Fink or artist Setsuko Fukushima, Illone Kiss and ERGO PERS. The german organizers are hoping for new synergies from Vienna and invited a selection of artists living in Vienna.

On the occasion of the 1st EDITIONALE Vienna, Manuela Picallo Gil presents the book Chronicles of My Time – Top on Instagram 2019. The print version shows collection of 2019, focused on the page 3 with the Top-Instagram-pictures of the austrian Heute-newspapers with handwritten texts.

Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
Vordere Zollamtsstraße 7, Flux 1 und 2 (2. und 3. OG), 1030 Wien



The INSEL Retz celebrates its second Ein-Jahr-Insel-Fest after many exhibitions, concerts, film- and theater evenings and more. A lively exchange and discussions made a pleasant atmosphere in the rustic rooms of the INSEL. The exhibition We don´t talk about Susi. by Manuela Picallo Gil and Maja Osojnik’s concert open the third year of the INSEL.

The exhibitions shows the installation faded out lll – XL, which invites visitors to participate: touching to cuddling with the XL plush toys is welcome. The visitors can hear an instrumental sound with the headphones, with reference to the different levels of meaning within the art work.

The multi-layered work speaks about topics related to body, taboo, gender/sex, identity and acceptance. The action Escribana also trys to show different perspectives and ask some questions..

artist: Manuela Picallo Gil
musician: Maja Osojnik
contact and info: Veronika Humpel & Wolfgang Seierl
Closing on Samstag, 3. February 2020 at 7 pm
open hours from 19.01. – 01.02., 7 – 9 pm by appointment contact
location: INSEL, Klostergasse 3, 2070 Retz in Upperaustria


The group exhibition pubishing shit. has the same titel like a book, which is expected to be published in autumn 2020. It is based on the concept of Tomash Schoiswohl. He curated the exhibition praktisch scheiße (engl.: practically shit). Different positions were shown and art mediations and lectures offered in the art space Kulturtankstelle in Linz in 2018. In the exhibition pubishing shit.  aesthetic theories on the topic of disgust and loathing, everyday experiences with shit and regulatory policies are again developed. Artists were invited to deal with questions about the cleanliness, order and pollution of our society.

During the exhibition praktisch scheiße Manuela Picallo Gil found access to the topic through the linguistic level in connection with media criticism. In this exhibition, she shows three illustrations embedded in an installation as method for display.

artists: see details at: library Akbild
curated by: Tomash Schoiswohl
opening: thursday, december 19th 2019 at 7 pm
duration of exhibition: 20.12.2019 – 15.01.2020
location: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, mainbuilding, Augasse 2-6, 1090 Vienna, library, reading area, 0.5.1

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