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Celebration of female groundbreakers through science-art crossover at IMP

01 Mar 2024
Portrait of Rosalind Franklin.

In a collaboration between artist Anya Vero, the IMP, IMBA, and GMI, an event at the IMP this week will mark International Women’s month, celebrating ‘Women Groundbreakers’ painted in oil on silk and paired with female scientists working on related subjects at the Vienna BioCenter today. 

A vernissage as the celebatory event will take place on 6 March from 5 to 9 pm with exciting presentations by women who were paired with one historic groundbreaker each, introducing the subject which is also related to their own research. This way, the artwork and contemporary science will meet.

In the case of the IMP, Sabrina Horn (Peters lab) was paired with Rosalind Franklyn and will talk about chromatin organisation.

The event is organised by the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) volunteer group of IMP, IMBA, and GMI. It will also feature a live concert by "honeylane", a local rising star of the indie-folk genre.

The event will be free and open to the public. 

Vernissage - 6 March, from 17:00 to 21:00 pm.
Exhibition - 4 to 8 March, accessible during office hours.

Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP)
Campus-Vienna-Biocenter 1
1030 Wien, Austria.

About Anya Vero and "Women Groundbreakers"

Artist Anya Vero explores the blurred lines between art and anthropology, with a signature style of oil painted on silk stretched over hand-crafted asymmetrical canvasses.

Vero has a degree in Fine Art from the Ruskin School (Oxford University), Masters degrees in Anthropology from the London School of Economics and SOAS, and a Diploma from the University of the Arts London.

She has lived in numerous cities, including Seoul, Paris, Berlin and London, and draws on her experiences and anthropological research to explore the human condition through her paintings, with themes such as human trafficking, abuse, depression, and oppression. Her work has been exhibited at various galleries including the TATE Modern in London and Museum LV in Riga. She is currently based in Vienna.

For her Women Groundbreakers collection, each subject is painted in oil and mixed media on silk stretched across a uniquely shaped canvas frame she builds herself. She films the process to record how the painting comes alive. The choice of frames points to non-conformity, to the desire to see something extraordinary and explore off the beaten path. The portraits don’t just hang there, plain and complacent; rather they penetrate through space, drawing you in through the lines of the canvases, the imperfect angles directing the eye from one part of it to another.

More information
Anya Vero - official website