Awarded Grantees

2023 Grantees:

Grantee: Bower Claire 

Project title: Promoting Fatherhood and Men’s Care Work globally

Project Medium:  advocacy videos for social media 

Description: This grant will enable me to produce the main visual work for my thesis. In collaboration with two not-for-profit organisations, I will create short videos for the global MenCare campaign. The project will involve producing advocacy videos for social media which explore the importance of men’s involvement in care work and the care economy. These videos will be used to promote the State of the World’s Fathers report which will be released in July 2023. The project is of high social relevance given that men’s involvement in care work and care giving is necessary for gender equality. The videos will aim to promote positive fatherhood which is a key action towards securing women’s and children’s rights and for preventing gender-based violence.

Grantee: Purtell Joseph 

Project title: "A City for People" 

Project Medium: Film 

Description: This is a film about ecological politics and the potentials and pitfalls of translating a vision for low-carbon cities into practice, seen through the peculiar situation of Graz, where we an unusually city government trying to implement a vision for sustainable urban life. In Graz, the Communist and Green parties are working together to expand public transportation and get cars off the streets. "A city for people" will focus on the process of removing cars from one particular street, Zinzendorfgasse, as a way to explore the practical challenges and potential opportunities of change as an unlikely city government tries to show a community what they have to gain in a transition to ecological living.

Grantee: Rammohan Viswesh    

Project title: The 'Provincial' City: Excavated Pasts and the Effervescent Present in Madras

Project Medium: Interactive documentary 

Description: An interactive documentary which makes use of multiple visual forms including documentary photography, archival photographs, videography, soundscapes and urban photography. This visual and historical anthropology project seeks to invite the audience in the reimagining of the construction of the city. The audience through the documentary would be able to experience the various spatial, aural and temporal aspects which have coalesced to create the city as we know it. Participants while placing themselves within the geographical scope of the city, will be able to traverse through space and time and get a glimpse of how the city has come to be and the various negotiations and contradictions that have left an imprint on it. Apart from a flaneur’s view of the city, the project also seeks to make the participant assume various roles in the city through which the city can then be viewed differently. Through this project, the larger aim is to make use of visual methods in the pedagogical understanding and training of historical anthropology, colonialism and the urban. The grant will be utilized to subscribe for the software to create the interactive documentary. 

Grantee: De Figueiredo Beatriz 

Project title: Bodies in Solidarity: Exploring Migrant Struggles through Embodiment

Project Medium: Photography and Video   

Description: The visual work I propose consists of a temporary public exhibition in Vienna that explores migrant struggles in Naples through the angle of embodiment, visually complementing my MA thesis on the same topic. In a nutshell, the exhibit asks how marginalization is felt in the flesh and how it informs migrant political engagements. What is at stake is an exercise of visual and public anthropology that aims to center on migrant experience and migrant struggles, a topic that is often invisibilized in Europe despite migrant populations being a structural feature of contemporary European societies.The exhibition will be comprised of visual work that spans categories: documentary photography that details the inner workings of a social movement for migrant rights, and short videos on migrant's biographies. 

Grantee: Barakat Mahmoud  

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Project Medium: Interactive documentary 

Grantee: Dzhamanbaeva, Nellya   

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Project Medium: Interactive documentary 

2022 Grantees:

Grantee: Spearneac-Wolfer Paul

Project title: Questioning the local: Creating a counter-archive of migrant experience in the Viennese agricultural industry

Project Medium: Dialogical Photography / Multimedial Exhibition 

Description: In the Simmeringer Haide, Vienna, around thirty traditional-familial businesses conduct year-long greenhouse-based production, rendering the site a major producer of local and organic vegetables for Austria. Yet, from a labor union perspective, this confined greenhouse complex is a troubled rather than idyllic place of local food production, as workers live isolated near greenhouses that count as private property, and official inspections are seldom. So far, my research indicates an estimated number of 250 – 300 employed workers, solely from Romania, and the prevalence of malpractices of several forms (housing conditions, wages).

The following visual project aims to counter the invisibilization of Romanians in the agricultural industry. Through dialogic collaboration with workers, I want to develop audio-visual registers which trace their physical movements and surroundings, motivations, and biographies, in which the Simmeringer Haide is often only one period within a life-long endeavor of transnational laboring. Eventually, the project aims to create a multimodal “counter-archive” of migrant labor history as intrinsic to the otherwise cherished agricultural industry in Vienna.

Grantee: Thomas Isabel

Project title: Those Complex Blues: Music and the Heritage of Anti-Establishmentism

Project Medium: Documentary film, public conversation and pop-up exhibition

Description: A short documentary film highlighting the similarities and contradictions between industrial heritage and popular music heritage in the post-industrial region of the South Wales Valleys UK. While the culture of the area is typically associated with brass bands and male voice choirs, the reality shows a strong history of rock and blues music. In the pub gigs music scene, bands perform covers of pop, rock and blues ‘classics’ from the area alongside songs from elsewhere, especially the US, and often with lyrics conveying anti-establishment messages. By doing so, they become part of the local cultural history of this particular political and social attitude, which may itself be a form of Welsh working-class heritage. I intend to use the audiovisual medium to engage with communities and open up critical discussion on what heritage might mean for different people in a modern, globalized Wales. Additionally, I plan to create a community-centric event in South Wales (likely Pontypridd) which involves the dissemination of my research on industrial heritage and popular music heritage in the post-industrial region of the South Wales Valleys UK. This will involve a pop-up exhibition, screening of my documentary film, public discussion and musical performance. I intend to use the audiovisual medium to engage with communities and open up critical discussion on what heritage might mean for different people in a modern, globalized Wales.

Grantee: Toncu Maria

Project title: Dacia. Some visual narratives for negotiating the collective memory of communist cars

Project Medium: A temporary public exhibition

Description: A temporary public exhibition in Vienna that includes documentary photography, archival photographs, and objects of material culture from communism. This visual and public anthropology exercise employs the audience in the collective remembrance of socialist cars. The audience would be able to recall the cars and participate in the negotiation of their memory. Portraits of car aficionados in nowadays Romania and the object of their affection would be exhibited along with archival photographs, engaging the audience in an exercise of dissipating temporalities, accessing personal histories, and figuring out the car’s economy of affect.

2021 Grantees:

Grantee: Basler Derek 

Project title: The Architectural Layering of History Among the Urban Decay in a Provincial City in Northern Albania

Project Medium: An interactive website utilizing photography/film/audio

Description: Having lived in the northern Albanian city of Shkodër for the past two months conducting research for my master’s thesis, I have found it striking both the quantity and historical diversity of the abandoned and structurally deteriorating buildings throughout the city. As my preliminary ethnographic research has shown, these various structures point to the paradigmatic shifts that have occurred throughout Albania, beginning with national independence in 1912, to the rise of the totalitarian communist regime after the Second World War, into the turbulent democratic transformation of the 1990s. I propose, through an interactive website that combines photography, film, audio, and text, to examine how this abandoned and deteriorating architecture expresses both the literal and figurative fragmenting of history, to draw from Benjamin, and connects to the reckoning of a traumatic past that is continually taking place in contemporary Albania.

Grantee: Raehme Sophie

Project title: MitOhneTakt/WithOrWithoutBeat Part II - CoronaBeats 2020: Transformations, Revelations and Resetting

Project Medium: Documentary Film - audiovisual Smartphone contributions

Description: The transnational documentary film project "MitOhneTakt" (MOT) (WithOrWithoutBeat) consists of 2 parts and focuses on the pandemic and how it changed people's life. The project explores what unites and divides generations in times of the Coronavirus Pandemic 2020. In doing so, the films explore existential crises, challenges, and potentials for transformation and growth that are being negotiated differently by individuals worldwide due to the health crisis. The second part focuses on the changes in rhythm and beat in everyday life of nurses, a chemist, students, and parents around the world in different countries such as Vietnam, Colombia, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Ireland, China, and Ruanda. Moreover, it centers on the positive parts or possibilities of the pandemic for personal transformations. Covering these themes topics such as friendship, closeness and distance, the inability to move freely, and suicide and temporary employment are displayed.

Grantee: Trudelle Tiphaine 

Project title: Pieds-noirs: From Perpetrators to Victims

Project Medium: Documentary film

Description: A short interview-driven documentary related to my thesis ethnographic fieldwork. The project will focus on the former French-Algerian community who left Algeria after the Algerian War. Members of this community are commonly called “pieds-noirs” (“black-feet”). 90% of the settler colonial population was in fact forcefully repatriated to metropolitan France after the war, and the vast majority suffered an intense culture shock, becoming strangers in their own land. I therefore would like to investigate this further, especially as there seems to be a strong intergenerational trauma. Pieds-noirs now mainly live across France, but the majority settled in the Paris area and in the South of France. I am therefore planning on conducting fieldwork there. To enrich my research, I am also in touch with scholars who worked on the Algerian War of Independence and its aftermath.