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Susanne Jirkuff

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The Austrian-born artist Susanne Jirkuff, on the other hand, has created an overtly political work with Feel It (2004), completed in the same year Bush successfully won reelection against Senator John Kerry and a year after he ordered the invasion of Iraq. Known for her drawings and videos, Jirkuff has created a humorous, comics-like portrait of the forty-third president of the United States at a moment when a growing insurgency in Iraq began to deepen the country’s political instability. Set in the Oval Office at the White House, it brings together G. W. Bush, C. Rice, and C. Powell in an animated rap video set to the music of Timbaland and Magoo. With humor and cynicism, Jirkuff has presented the personages of the Bush administration in the form of a music video that is as much an affirmation of the political potency of the rap music industry as it is of the powers that it reduces or elevates to the status of pop culture icons.

Viennese artist and videographer, Susanne Jirkuff, has exhibited her work internationally: Populism, was shown at the Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania; Stedelijk, Amsterdam; and Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005); Huérfanos del vacío—Orphans of the Void, was exhibited at Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain; in Vienna at Lives and Works and Kunsthalle Wien (2005); in Spain Històries animades was shown at Fundació La Caixa, Barcelona, and Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2006); Traurig sicher, im Training, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; Momentary Momentum, Parasol Unit, London (2007) and Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge (2008); Sound of Silence, Townhouse Gallery, Cairo (2007); Playback, Musée d’Art Moderne Paris (2007) and Videorama, Kunsthalle Wien (2009). Her videos are shown at film festivals world wide, including European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany; Media Art Friesland, The Netherlands; Tricky Women, Vienna; Kasseler Dokumentarfilm and Videofest, Germany; Satellite of Love, Rotterdam Filmfestival; and Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Istanbul. She had residencies in Los Angeles at MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House and at Taipei Artist Village, Taiwan. Jirkuff was awarded the Hilde Goldschmidt Preis 2006 and the Staatsstipendium Bildende Kunst, 2007. Currently, she working with animation and drawing, and is a member of RAIN, on site specific projects in Los Angeles, Vienna, Havana and Houston.