Based in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Mahde Hasan is an introspective and visually keen screenwriter and director. Time and memories are fundamental elements in his life and work. His short ﬁlm I Am Time and Death of a Reader was showcased at 69th & 71st Locarno Festival in the Open Doors Screenings section and he placed ﬁrst for his short Where is the Friends Home in the movieofmylife section at 70th Locarno Festival. He participated in the Open Doors Hub 2018 an international co-production platform at Locarno and got the development grant from CNC for his debut feature Sand City. It has also been selected for NANTES PRODUIRE AU SUD 2018.
2018, as a participant of Open Doors, a section of the Festival del Film Locarno, Mahde Hasan was selected for the residency at Villa Sträuli by Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, DEZA and Villa Sträuli.
In his investigation of sculpture, Felix Oehmann addresses the question of what it is that continues to drive humans to validate themselves in sculptural form. By directly accessing the textures of reality, personal conceptions of the humorous in everyday life are rendered visible. Taking an experimental approach to a variety of materials, the sculptor tries to unify opposites – sculpture as the simultaneity of the inner powers of imagination in a harmonious balancing act with external conditions. Oehmann’s sculptures are inner worlds raised to the level of form – worlds that communicate solely through the physical experience of them.
Felix Oehmann and artist-in-residence Sasha Kurmaz will exhibit their work at the oxyd Kunsträume in Winterthur from 27 October to 8 December 2018. The oxyd Kunsträume will also host a talk with the two artists on 16 November 2018. For more information, see under “Events”.
Felix Oehmann was born in 1985 in Heidelberg. He lives and works in Berlin.> Website
Sasha Kurmaz was born 1986 in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he lives and works today.
Sasha multidisciplinary artist works with photography and public intervention, video and performative practices. In most of his work he plays a game of de-powering power structures, using both humoristic and conceptual interventions. Characterized by extreme simplicity of execution, by means of visually minimal gestures, interventions, and situational works, Sasha analyzes socially and political interrelationships
that address themes both poetic and political. Kurmaz’s work is at once direct and open to interpretation.
Kurmaz has participated in many international group exhibitions and festivals and his work has been published in a wide range of international