The new stamp by Austrian post in the "Young Artists in Austria" series shows a still of the video project "Orient, 1st part", created by Markus Schinwald, one of the world's most respected artists of his generation. This work was on display at the Austrian pavilion at the 2011 Biennale in Venice.
Markus Schinwald (born 1973) is an Austrian visual artist. He lives and works in Vienna, Austria and New York, USA. Schinwald's work is centered around the body as a cultural construct, as an incessantly actualized site at which the subject is constituted both in its identity and its instability and transversality. He is not true to one medium, but rather nomadic as he appropriates methods and/or devices from cultural theory, film, and poetry, among others. Dysfunctionality and disorder are key notions in his work.
The body of Schinwald's work to date is multi-medial, and includes sculptures, manipulated clothing, paintings, films, marionettes, performances, altered historical prints and site-specific installations. Since 1999, Schinwald has also worked collaboratively with dancer Oleg Soulimenko on the Stage Matrix series, which has been performed at, among others, Performa 07,Moderna Museet, and the Tanzquartier, Vienna.