Black Ferk Studio
Black Ferk Studio is an artistic and scientific collective founded by Matthias Mollner and Judith Schoßböck in 2021. The decision to build the studio came at the same time as the serious neuro-immunological disease ME/CFS, which caused Judith to become severely disabled. The illness left her bedridden, affected her cognitively and physically, and meant she had to radically change her professional focus as a scientist. Art and drawing, originally started as a form of therapy, became almost the only form of expression and activity she was capable of.
The studio’s work primarily focuses on existential and sociopolitical questions, and highlights the problems of repression and invisibility. In particular, the collective researches topics like how people are judged and disempowered based on their ability, as well as obligations to be positive and productive. Black Ferk Studio works in a multimedia format with different artistic techniques, and certainly isn’t missing a good dose of dark humour.