Veronika Hösch

Veronika Hösch is a queer-feminist artist based in Vienna. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Her artistic research focus on how work is inscribed within our bodies. The body as an archive itself becomes a performance stage: a continuous place of gestures that aims to explore cultural, social and economic realms and hierarchies. Through her process, the archive transforms from a passive store of knowledge to an active production tool that does not distinguish between documentation and speculation. Her artistic production works cross-media in performance, video, sculpture and installation.

Due to current international mulitple crisis, I am interested in collective mourning rituals and their potential for protest, change and strengthening of community. In the course of my residency project, I deal with the profession of lamentation and the art of lamenting. Especially how interpersonal mourning work is inscribed in our bodies, as well as its transfer, visualization and valorisation of the often (in)visible emotional labour of women* as an intergenerational act. Methodically, in addition to interviews with professional mourners, I am developing experimental video archives that focus on the sound of embodied grief movements.

Veronika Hösch’s residency is realised in collaboration with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport (BMKOES).