Liesl UJVARY (Austria)
Liesl Ujvary (1939, Bratislava, Slovakia) – poet, prose writer, musician, artist. In 1945 she moved to Austria together with her family, and spent her childhood in the southern parts of the country and Tyrol. She studied Ancient Jewish Literature, History of Arts and took a course in Slavic Studies at the Universities of Vienna and Zurich. She has visited Moscow many times. The title of her doctorate dissertation was “Ilya Ehrenburg’s novel “Julio Jurenito,” she received her Ph.D. degree in 1968 at the Universität Zürich. She continued studying Russian language and Literature at the Sophia University (Tokyo, 1969-70), and also completed a course of professional training for teachers of Russian at the Patrice Lumumba University in Moscow. Ujvary started her creative literary and artistic activities in the late 1960s. While staying in the USSR, she got acquainted with unofficial poets and artists, attended apartment exhibitions and readings, collecting poetic manuscripts. Under the threat of being arrested by the KGB, Ujvary took the manuscripts to Austria where she published them as a book-collection of unofficial Soviet poetry “Freiheit ist Freiheit” (it comprised of works of V. Bakhchanyan, I. Kholin, E. Limonov, V. Lion, V. Nekrasov, G. Sapgir, Zürich: Arche Verlag, 1975). She is the author of a number of books of verses, experimental poetic texts, stories and novels, including such as: Sicher & Gut (Wien: Rhombus Verlag, 1977), rosen, zugaben (Linz: edition neue texte, 1983), Schöne Stunden (Berlin: Ullstein, 1984), Tiere im Text (Wien: Edition Falter/Deuticke, 1991), Heisse Stories (Wien: Das fröhliche Wohnzimmer – Edition, 1993), Hoffnungsvolle Ungeheuer (Wien: Edition Falter/Deuticke, 1993), Lustige Paranoia (Klagenfurt Wien: Ritter Verlag, 1995), Das reine Gehirn (Klagenfurt Wien: Ritter Verlag, 1997). Her productions were also published in numerous literary magazines, literary miscellanies and anthologies in Austria and abroad. Besides her literary activities, Ujvary is also involved in the area of fine arts, she has conducted a number of solo exhibitions of photography and computer graphics, also participated in a large number of group international exhibitions. Among her photo projects that have been implemented are the following ones: Fotoroman Bisamberg (Kulturhaus der Stadt Graz, 1979; there was published a catalogue “Fotoroman Bisamberg” (Wien: Museum Moderner Kunst, 1980) for the solo exhibition in Vienna), Menschen & Pflanzen Porträts (Forum Stadtpark, Graz, 1983; Galerie Faber, Vienna, 1984), Schriftstellerfotos Hard & Soft (Literaturhaus der Stadt Wien, Vienna, 1993; Literaturhaus der Stadt Salzburg, Salzburg, 1994), NeuroZone (Literaturhaus der Stadt Wien, Vienna, 1999); also a book of texts and the artist’s graphics “NeuroZone” (Wien: edition ch, 1996) was published. She produced her sound poetry and musical works as CD-albums Sex & Tod & Klangeffekte (Wien: Kunstradio bei Extraplatte, 1995), Sprache der Gene (Wien: Kunstradio bei Extraplatte, 1997), softworlds (Wien: Kunstradio bei Extraplatte, 1999), which are characterised by the conceptual ellaboration and high standard of performance technique. Her sound productions were repeatedly broadcast on the Deutschlandradio (Berlin), Bayerischer Rundfunk (Munich), ORF (Vienna) and a lot more others. Liesl Ujvary lives and works in Vienna (Austria).