Fluchtpunkt Wien – Symbolisations of Loss, Curators' Talk
12 July 2019, at 7 p.m., VBKÖ - Austrian Association of Women Artists, Vienna. How can the existential experience of flight and expulsion be documented? Which forms and strategies of visualisation can be found, when letting loose and a reduction to the essential - the survival - is a central constituent of this story? A notepad, a photo in an album and a letter point to the flight histories of three women, who in the course of Yugoslavia's disintegration in early 1990ties' war found a resort in Vienna. On their flight, the three of them could hardly carry anything of their personal belongings and were only able to get back a fraction after the war.
New Mappings of Europe is a two-year collaborative project of four different art and cultural institutions from Serbia, Slovenia, Austria and the United Kingdom, which will generate knowledge about the migrants’ cultural heritage in Europe and make cultural and art institutions more accessible to local communities of migrants of the first and second generations as well as to the new communities of asylum seekers and refugees. The project consists of four exhibitions, accompanied by a rich public mediation programme, artist residencies, a common web platform, and an international conference. The aim of the project is twofold: on the one hand to deal with past phenomena related to migrations, and on the other, to link these phenomena to current migrations.