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The Researcher in Residence will explore the 30-year archive of the Grazer Kunstverein with a view to developing an approach to engaging the archive in new, unexpected, display-based, academic, network-oriented, or performative ways. The first Researcher in Residence at the Grazer Kunstverein is Anousheh Kehar.

Anousheh Kehar is a Master of Architecture candidate at the University of Houston and currently part of a joint-study program at the Institute of Contemporary Art (IZK) at TU Graz. She intends to pursue work in the juxtaposition of natural and built environments with complex constructs of socioeconomic, sociopolitical and legal frameworks. Her ongoing master's project aims to activate the specific landscape and constructed knowledge of Omarska - location of a concentration camp in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992, to reconsider notions of remembrance.

Throughout the second half of 2017 Grazer Kunstverein’s first Researcher in Residence Anousheh Kehar will develop a text exploring Fischer’s retreat into culture as he withdrew from political life. This follows a conference as part of the Summer Programme, wherein speakers including Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Eugen Gross, Ludwig Hartinger and Karl Wimmler demonstrated aspects of the significant legacy Fischer continues to inspire today.