Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Anna-Louise Kratzsch was born 1980 in Northern Germany on the Isle of Rügen. She lived for one year 1997/ 98 in the USA (Cincinnati) as well as in Spain (Madrid) in 2000/ 2001 and has experienced a broad artistic education in the visual arts and music before she began to study at the University of Leipzig in the Art History and Cultural Studies Department in 2002. In the same year she became a fellow of a federal scholarship programme (Evangelisches Studienwerk Villigst e. V.). In 2004 Ms. Kratzsch curated her first group show in the gallery EIGEN + ART and spent seven month in New York City, where she passed two internships, at the ISCP (International Studio and Curatorial Programme) and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. When she returned to Leipzig she worked on a platform of cultural politics (Kulturpolitischer Salon) as well as Foundation Federkiel at the Spinnerei, the new artist district of Leipzig. In July 2006 she graduated with a Masters in Post-Communist studies in Contemporary Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. In 2006/ 07 she studied Mandarin and worked for the Goethe Institute in Beijing.
In June 2006 she founded LIA – Leipzig International Art Programme, a not for profit institution and artist in residency programme to foster contemporary art and culture. In November 2007 Ms. Kratzsch organised the institution’s first exhibition in cooperation with the Japan Foundation and the Japan Embassy of Berlin. Since then she hosted over forty artists from seventeen nations in LIA and curated exhibitions in Leipzig, Berlin (Caps Lock Projects, LIA`s temporary project space 2010) and in New York City (Leipzig Calling, exhibition at the New York Academy of Art 2009).
During her residency at GeoAIR Anna-Louise Kratzsch participated in TRANSRELATION - International Symposium of Contemporary Arts Tbilisi, October 2-5, 2010 organized in cooperation with Goethe Institute Georgia and “Artisterum” 3rd Tbilisi International Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Events.
Her talk RealismPainting traditions between communism and post-communism focused on a case study of Leipzig, its ‘schools’, protagonists and the historical and current reception of figurative art in Germany.
1. Communist era – What Socialist Realism means and the impact it had on the reception of figurative painting in both Eastern and Western Germany. Referring to the Leipzig Academy of Visual Arts and the ‘Leipzig School’: Wolfgang Mattheuer, Werner Tübke and Bernhard Heisig.
2. Post-Communist era – ‘The image war’ of Weimar: The differences of art perception, Eastern Germany versus Western Germany.
3. Present –The art market and the ‘New Leipzig School – Case study EIGEN + ART. How EIGEN + ART came to the forefront in shaping the figurative painting sector of the global art market. Rehabilitating both the face of a cultural city and the trend of figurative painting. How we look at figurative painting today and what role the global art market and the media play with the way we perceive art.
Talk: From Factory to Culture. 
22.10.2010 / Former chocolate factory "MZIURI"
The talk focused on empty industrial architecture and its re-use as cultural locations such as Mass MoCa (Massachusetts, USA), Dia: Beacon (New York), Tate Modern (London, GB) and the Spinnerei (Leipzig, Germany).
How can empty factory buildings be re-activated?
What benefits do they provide?
What measures are needed?
Residency stay of Anna-Louise Kratzsch was supported by