left.: Das Kreisen bewohnen (inhabit the circling), 2020, typeface, acrylic

right: Das Kreisen bewohnen, zwei Vögel (inhabit the circling, two birds), 2020, typeface, acrylic


Bleistift auf Papier auf Holz (pencil on paper on wood) 

Virtual opening with introductory words by Julia Hölzl and an artist statement by Anja Nowak in our Cinemateque from 8 March 2021 on:


Duration: 9 March – 17 April 2021

Artist talk: Saturday, 10 April at 2 p.m.

sponsored by: BMOEKS; MA7-Kultur; Cyberlab; Medienfabrik; Yurt Glas, denefhoop 

Since 2010 the FOTOGALERIE WIEN has put on an annual solo exhibition showcasing the work of a young, upcoming artist. This series of exhibitions, SOLO, functions as a platform and springboard for artists who are at the beginning of their career but who already have an extensive body of work that we want to present to a wider public. The aim is to achieve a sustainable level of public presence for the chosen artist and includes helping to organize cooperations and touring shows. For SOLO XII we proudly present the German artist Anja Nowak who is living in Vienna.

Anja Nowak works with indefinite beginnings and on inconceivable ends, moves out(side) of what is accessible, outside of what is.

As such, ‘Bleistift auf Papier auf Holz’ [pencil on paper on wood] does not begin with nor draw upon but denies the beginning the outcome. 

Always in-the-midst-of, it is without midst; it has, perhaps, always to do with an among, a/s passing, always already, always with the step inside.

An ever-ambiguous allusion, ‘Bleistift auf Papier auf Holz’ [pencil on paper on wood] detaches itself from any sequence, let alone origin, from any and all essential, each and every position/ing: circles, circling Hula Hoops, sounds, textual Swings of Life – all movements, all moving and unmoving images, all Ab-Bilder and Schrift-Bilder presented here draw traces of a never-before, attest to traces that always already are.

And so, perhaps, what is at stake here is nothing but time itself. ‘Bleistift auf Papier auf Holz’ [pencil on paper on wood] yields a space for a time outside of time, for an outside-of-time (and time itself is a circle, Nietzsche reminds us): neither before nor after, rather a(s) never and ever, nowhen.

The duration of circling comes to pass as/in momentary motion; as such, as distance and as disappearance, presence reaches its limit. Anja Nowak thus touches on a present without presence, an always already suspended and im/possible absence: 

Being a/s con-temporaneity, repetition and discontinuance, moving and moved, each and any linkage remains limited: remains a/s finally and finitely finite infinite movement.



Julia Hölzl and Petra Noll-Hammerstiel, for the collective

Exhibition views from the exhibition

Download Bilder 322 SOLO XII Anja Nowak



Maximiliane Leni Armann (DE/AT), Viktoria Schmid (AT), Laura Sperl (AT), Rudolf Strobl (AT), Patrick Topitschnig (AT), Doris Maximiliane Würgert (DE)

Opening: Monday, 26 April 2021 at 7 p.m.             

Duration: 27 April – 5 June 2021