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Elke Krasny

Elke Krasny is a curator, cultural theorist, and writer. She is professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria.

Her theoretical and curatorial work is firmly rooted in socially engaged art and spatial practices, urban epistemology, post-colonial theory, and feminist historiography. In her conceptually driven and research-based curatorial practice she works along the intersections of art, architecture, education, feminism, landscape, spatial politics, and urbanism. She aims to contribute to innovation and debate in these fields through forging experimental post-disciplinary alliances between research, teaching, curating, and writing.

City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2014, Urban culture, public space and ways of life – Everday life and scientific insights, Interdisciplinary Centre for Urban Culture and Public Space, Vienna University of Technology.

2013  Visiting Professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts Nuernberg, Master Architecture and Urban Research. Elke Krasny taught two seminars, one on Hybridity and Issues of Postcolonialism in Architecture and Public Space and one on Post-Cold-War Urbanism in Berlin. She curated the Berlin-Beirut-Exchange and initiated the collaboration with the Lebanese American University. Two public lectures on Urban Curating. Working with the City were part of the Visiting Professorship, one Nuernberg and one in Beirut. Together with the students she realized the exhibition Berlin-Beirut-Exchange for the Annual Exhibition of the Academy of Fine Arts Nuernberg.

Since 2008  Senior Lecturer, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. She teaches Contemporary Discourse in Architectural Theory (in English) and  Cultural Communication and Art and Public Space (in German). She initiated a number of institutional collaborations with public schools, museums such as the Wien Museum or the Generali Foundation, the Gebietsbetreuung Stadterneuerung 16. Bezirk or the Architekturzentrum Wien. The collaborations resulted in public presentations such as walks, parties, or exhibitions.

In 2006 she was Visiting Professor at the University of Bremen. In 2011 she was curator-in-residence at the Hongkong Community Museum Project, in 2012 she was artist-in-residence at the Audain Gallery, Simon Fraser University Vancouver. In 2012 she was Visiting Scholar at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal. She has edited and authored a number of books on architecture, urbanism, and feminist historiography. Her writing has been published widely in edited volumes, exhibition catalogues and magazines. Exhibitions she curated include The Force is in the Mind. The Making of Architecture at the Architecture Centre Vienna (Architekturzentrum Wien), Penser tout Haut. Faire l’Architecture at the Centre de Design de l’UQAM in Montréal and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Hongkong City Telling, and Mapping the Everyday: Neighborhood Claims for the Future at the Audain Gallery in Vancouver.

In 2012 her exhibition Hands-on Urbanism 1850-2012. The Right to Green was presented at the Architecture Centre Vienna and subsequently invited by David Chipperfield to partake in the Central Pavillion of the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2012. A travelling version of Hands-On Urbanism was shown with plan in Cologne, the Aarhus Architecture School,  the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Ökostadt Bremen, and the Free University of Bolzano. The Museum for Contemporary Art Leipzig GfZK was the hosting institution for the exhibition Hands-On Urbanism. The Right to Green in 2013 and also for a symposium addressing issues of self-organization and spatial justice.