VEZA fehltNatalie Deewan, Gertrude Moser-Wagner

VEZA fehlt

The poet Veza Canetti (1897— 1963) lived in the house in Ferdinandstraße 29, near the former “Leopoldstädter Tempel” — the center of Jewish life before ist destruction in 1938 for more than 20 years (1897—1963). As part of the art project VEZALEBT — Veza Canetti, ein spätes Jubiläum (Vezalives — Veza Canetti, a late anniversary) the sign VEZA fehlt (Veza Is Missing) was projected in sight distance at the fire wall of the house at Tempelgasse 12, above the Veza Canetti Park. It is based on the ellipsis and refers to Veza Canetti’s novel Yellow Street, which portrays life in Ferdinandstraße, the street of the leather merchants, in the 1930s: “It is a remarkable street… All sorts of people live there, cripples, somnambulists, lunatics, the desperate and the smug.”

In German-language proofing marks, the letter V with a dash through it marks something missing, a double dash means that something essential is missing. So the sign VEZA fehlt designates the missing presence of a whole person: VEZA. Similar to the Yellow Street, the double dash stretched across all the four letters and at the same time completed them. In addition, the term “Veza” means in Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian which are spoken a lot around Ferdinandstraße today, exactly this: connection.


firewall at the crossing of Ferdinandstraße, Tempelgasse 12, 1020 Vienna

Further Information


Natalie Deewan
*1978 in Vienna, lives and works in Vienna

Gertrude Moser-Wagner
*1953 in St. Georgen/Murau (AT), lives and works in Vienna

Partners and sponsors
Stadt Wien (Municipal Department 7 for Cultural Affairs)
National Fund
bmukk – Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture
Theodor Kramer Society
Psychosocial Center ESRA
Alte Schmiede Wien
Promedia publishing house
as well as private local sponsors and collaborators


VEZA fehltNatalie Deewan, Gertrude Moser-Wagner

Time Period

May 6 to 12, 2013



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