Artists-in-Residence within MEETING BRNO 2017

This year for the very first time several foreing artsit will come to Brno to cooperate with various institutions.  They will stay here within the Meeting Brno festival the whole May. The stay of our residential artist is realized via the residential programme of the Brno House of Arts / Brno Artists in Residence supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic. The artist will take part in the Czech-German Cultural Spring celebrations. The rezidence is supported by the Brno House of Arts, the Ministry of Culture, the City of Brno, the Feste Theatre, the Czech-German Future Fund and the partner institutions Adalbert Stifter Verein and Ackermann-Gemeinde.



The German writer and publicist was born in Magdeburg in 1966 and is currently based in Berlin. In 1989 she escaped from the GDR, but was arrested on the Azerbaijani border with Iran and imprisoned for six months. Later, she completed her studies of art history and German studies at the Humboldt University in Berlin. Hahn received a lot of attention for her novel Dreizehn Sommer (Schirmer Graf, München, 2005), in which she reflected on her experiences with a totalitarian state and migration. In an expanded version, the work was published in 2014 under the new title Gegenüber von China (Ventil Verlag, Mainz, 2014). For her novel Dreitagebuch (Ventil Verlag, Mainz, 2014), which traces her own Bohemian roots, she received the literary prize of the Sudetenddeutsche Landsmannschaft. In March 2017, her third novel Das Herz des Aals (Ventil Verlag, Mainz, 2017) is to be published. Together with Frank Willmann, she published the biographical book about an East German punk rock star Satan, kannst du mir nochmal verzeihen (Ventil-Verlag, Mainz, 2008) and is currently preparing a book on right-wing extremism among football fans. During her artist-in-residence stay in Brno she will be working on her new novel Winterhafen. In addition, she wants to explore the underworld of the old town's medieval cellars, listen to the Brno local language hantec and deal with the legacy of the German-speaking Brno. As she is a big football fan she also wants to visit the stadium of FC Zbrojovka Brno.

The meeting with the author takes place on May 21st and will be hosted by Wolfgang Schwarz (Adalbert Stifterverein München) and Kateřina Tučková (Meeting Brno).



The visual artist Jakub Šimčík was born in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, in 1984, but his family soon immigrated to Sweden. Later, Jakub Šimčík moved to Scotland, where he studied photography at the Glasgow School of Art, and then he settled in Germany, where he studied photography, video and intermedia at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig in 2009–2013. He lives and works in Leipzig, and together with Johanna Maxl, he leads the interdisciplinary platform for literature and the arts, Initiative Wort & Bild.  During his stay in Brno, Jakub Šimčík will present an exhibition project dealing with his personal background, combining the history of his family and his experience of being an expat. Jakub Šimčík also intends to explore this topic further – for example, he’d like to visit the Security Services Archives in Kanice u Brna.  

The exhibition will be presented in the G99 Gallery of the Brno House of Arts. Get more information here.



German actress, singer and musician born in 1977; today she lives in Hagen. Kristina Günther-Vieweg studied history, philosophy and german literature at the Humboldt Universität Berlin and graduated from the acting school in Berlin-Charlottenburg. From 2000-2005, Kristina Günther-Vieweg was a permanent member of the ensemble at the Theater Neustrelitz, where she played Hedwig in Henrik Ibsens The Wild Duck, as Polly in The Threepenny Opera and as fool in What You Wanted. She also worked as a freelance actress and reciter both in Germany and abroad. In 2013 she founded the ensemble peripher together with Lydia Starkulla and Antje Hobucher. Since the 2015/2016 season, she has worked as a dramaturge for the children's and youth theater lutz of the theater hagen, on whose stage she is also regularly seen as an actress. During her stay in Brno, Kristina Günther-Vieweg will help prepare and present the interactive German-Czech play Schauspiel written by the director Jiří Honzírek.  

She will act in Schauspiel on Sunday 21 May 2017 a Thursday 25 May 2017. For more information, visit the website of the Feste Theatre.

The artists-in-residence have been chosen by a jury composed of:

Terezie Petišková, Director of the Brno House of Arts 

Jakob Ráček, Director of the cultural programme, Goethe–Institut in Prague

Kateřina Tučková, Programme Director of the Meeting Brno festival

Wolfgang Schwarz, cultural officer, Adalbert Stifter Verein, Munich

Matthias Dörr, Director, Ackermann-Gemeinde, Munich