from 26 May to 8 September 2020

an exhibition by teresa mayr

i don`t want to be an onager, a solo-show by the young german artist winner of the young european artist award trieste contemporanea 2019

The opening was broadcast exclusively online with a dialogue between the artist and the curator. You can review the inauguration by clicking here:


Studio Tommaseo is pleased to announce the opening of I don`t want to be an onager, a solo-show by German artist Teresa Mayr winner of the Young European Artist Award Trieste Contemporanea 2019.  The Award is marking its 20th birthday this year.
The exhibition, organised by Trieste Contemporanea, curator Daniele Capra, collects works on paper which investigate urban spaces’ development and their memory traces, as well as modifications and micro-changes that occur in areas where the public sphere and the intimate one overlap and intersect.

From next week the exhibition will be regularly open to the public.

Teresa Mayr’s artistic practice is characterized by the use of drawings on paper. In particular, she uses to draw minimal and dry lines with pencil or coloured pen, and to limit chiaroscuro. This way Mayr focuses on primary visual details, on the different functions assigned to depicted places, on emotional ties that determine feelings of intimacy, alienation, respect, indifference or carelessness. She operates taking a stroll around town or using photos both found in social networks and via Google Street View (which are often obsolete). These sources are compared and then recombined, and presumable transitional states or possible development are traced in view of understanding how psychological, anthropological and socio-political variables act in the context. So, images and memories of reality, fiction and expectation of change coalesce. The title of the exhibition “I don`t want to be an onager” is taken from a recent series of works that will be on display and are inspired by a surreal fifteen years ago conversation between the artist and her sister at a zoo.

Teresa Mayr (Friedberg, D, 1992) studied at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, at the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle (Saale), at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and graduated from the University of Berlin in 2019. She lives and works in Berlin.

The Young European Artist Award Trieste Contemporanea is assigned every two years to an artist aged under 30 from a Central Eastern European country. The award gives to the winner the opportunity to conceive a new exhibition project and document it with a publication.