Tell these people who I amIris Andraschek

Tell these people who I am

In the three-part work Tell these people who I am the artist Iris Andraschek mills “carpets” into the sidewalks of the 7th district. The carpet patterns contain information about three prominent female figures: their names and activities, personal notes, statements, stories and words. Iris Andraschek’s carpets lift the women out of anonymity, name them and describe their stories on the basis of the places where they made an impact. For the title Andraschek chose a quotation from Vally Wieselthier from a telegram to Franklin D. Roosevelt: “Tell these people who I am.”

The carpets on the sidewalk are in memory of:

Olly Schwarz (1877—1960), Stiftgasse 2, 1070 Vienna
Women’s rights activist, pedagogue and founder of the Vienna Business School for Girls and of the Atheneum, the women’s university. In addition, in 1916 she founded the central women’s employment advisory office and from 1933 she was involved in the League for Human Rights. Before emigrating to the US in 1939, Olly Schwarz cared for the wounded in what was then a military hospital in Stiftgasse 2.

Gisela von Camesina de San Vittore (1865—unknown), Lerchenfelder Straße 131, 1070 Vienna
Pedagogue, born in Trieste as the daughter of an Austrian civil servant and educated as a teacher. After visiting educational establishments in Dresden, Stuttgart and Berlin as a specialist-subject teacher, in 1844 she initiated a completely new teaching system in Vienna in order to give young women a business education. Two years later she was the first woman teacher in Europe to introduce teaching in technology, hygiene and nursing, and wrote her own textbooks on the subjects. In Vienna, Gisela von Camesina de San Vittore lived in the house at Lerchenfelder Strase 131.

Vally Wieselthier (1895—1945), Augustinplatz, 1070 Vienna
Ceramicist, sculptor, designer and co-worker at the Wiener Werkstatte (Viennese workshops of the Arts and Crafts movement). Born in Vienna, at the age of 19, she started a course at the School of Arts for women and girls. The painter and graphic artist Kolo Moser, the architect and designer Josef Hoffmann and the ceramics designer and sculptor Michael Powolny were her teachers and sponsors. Even during her course Vally Wieselthier started working for the Wiener Werkstatte, which was located in the house at Neustiftgasse 32—34. Soon she was setting the tone among the dozen women who were then decisive for the change in style in the 1920s from art nouveau to art deco. After Vally Wieselthier had attracted much attention at a major Arts and Crafts exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum in 1928, she turned her back on Vienna. She remained in the US, where she continued to have an essential influence on American ceramics.


Olly Schwarz (1877—1960), Stiftgasse 2, 1070 Vienna

Further Information

Iris Andraschek
*1963 in Horn (AT), lives and works in Vienna.

This project was selected as a winner's project in the course of an artistic competition. For more information please follow this link:



Tell these people who I amIris Andraschek

Time Period

Since October 13, 2011

Olly Schwarz
152 x 389 cm

Gisela von Camesina de San Vittore
129 x 218 cm

Vally Wieselthier
202 x 320 cm



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