This Is Water
This exhibition looks at the long histories of migration that have forged the current shape of the UK. It is about the rich languages, cultures and identities that are formed by many ethnicities and nationalities coming together. It highlights the dominance that some groups of people hold over others and the damage that racism continues to have.
As the UK breaks from the European Union, and pursues austerity and anti-immigration agendas, discussions around xenophobia, social cohesion and the state of multi-culturalism are increasingly relevant. At the same time, vital voices are sharing the experiences of people of colour in the UK through music, journalism, fictional writing and art. Histories of black Britons as far back as Roman times are gaining attention.
Middlesbrough is a town founded on the rapid immigration of workers in the nineteenth century. In order to support understanding and solidarity, this project finds commonalities and shared experiences between those who are now considered white but who were once excluded on terms of ethnicity and race (e.g. Irish, Italian) and those who continue to be marginalized (e.g. Eritrean, Pakistani).
The display includes art, personal memorabilia, and archival documents and films. Materials from Teesside Archives and North East Film Archives share some of the area’s nuanced histories. Quotations, poems, articles and videos bring broader perspectives on experiences of people of colour in the UK, and how current policies are impacting people’s lives.
During the exhibition, we create a repository of the stories and voices from the Tees Valley and we ask our publics to join conversations about the complex identities that form our region. This gathering of untold stories creates a platform for overlooked voices.
The show includes eight artists: Nika Autor, Lucy Bridger, Ladan Hussein (Cold Specks) and Seth Pimlott, Jasleen Kaur, Andreja Kulunčić, Alenka Pirman, Erika Tan, Katarina Zdjelar. Their works raise topics as varied as: how we imagine foreign peoples and places, the rights and experiences of migrant workers in the EU, and the continuing impact of the British Empire.
The exhibition in two phases presents, develops and picks up strategical inventions and dispositives, that are able to override distances - in a conceptual field, but as well in very concrete forms of translocality as a spacial/temporary dimension. As a start, constellations of artworks have presented that form up around such concrete fields of activities and methodological approaches - device, displacement, lair and journey, activism, flight. They have been generated in a dialogical process with the involved artists, who thus expose themselves to personal experience, and include agents from external networks.
In the temporary Project Space Gumpendorferstrasse, a disused and radically skeletonized groundfloor space, the works are located in analogous spacial constellations, however, communicate comprehensively via the immanent topic of translation - between contexts of provenance, class, and gender, between languages, imaginaries, and forms of action.
The exhibition setting of "Translocal Manoeuvres" is activated by a series of dialogical guided tours and community-building events. This productive element of the presentation inform the second phase of the project, the "Translocal Archives", which will focus on film and media, urban narratives, mediation, and archives.
Tuesday, 21 May 2019, at 7 p.m.
Opening at Project Space Gumpendorferstrasse 6, A - 1060 Vienna
Friday, 31 May 2019 and Friday, 7 June 2019, at 4 p.m.
Curator's guides and artist talks
Wednesday, 5 June 2019, at 7 p.m.
exhibition-review with Andreas Spiegl
and a performance by Hyeji Nam
Sound by Marie Willmann & Pato Wiesauer
Exhibition duration: Wednesday, 22 May – Saturday, 8 June 2019, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Works by: Pato Wiesauer, Sabine Frühstück, Lisa Schmidt Colinet, Ashley Scheirl / Ursula Pürrer, textile designer / unknown Alaa Abu Asad / Ulufer Celik, Marie Willmann, Tatia Skhirtladze Rini Swarnaly Mitra / Sumana Akter, Stephanie Misa / Ana de Almeida, Teresa Kurzbauer / Lena Baur / Rebecca Goldschmidt, and a book by Birgit Jürgenssen and Lawrence Weiner Nina Geschl / Alfred Rottensteiner, Hyeji Nam, Nubauer, Shuvo Rafiqul Natalie Deewan, Hanna Reiner
Curated by: Simonetta Ferfoglia, Heinrich Pichler and Ruby Sircar
VBKÖ - Vereinigung bildender Künstlerinnen Österreichs
Maysedergasse 2/28, A - 1010 Vienna
opening: 27. Juni 2019, 19h
exhibition: 28. Juni 2019–14. Juli 2019
with a program of curator's talks and city guides
Vida Bakondy / Amila Širbegović, Natalie Deewan, Andi Dvorak, Philipp Harder, Tomash Schoiswohl, Rafiqul Shuvo, Ruby Sircar a.o.
Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned
Exhibition curator: Bojana Piškur
Opening: 7 March 2019, at 8 p.m.
Duration: 7 March – 31 August 2019
Venue: Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was a transnational political project, a coalition of small and middle-sized states, mostly former colonies and developing countries, from the global south or the Third World. It was formed in 1961 in Yugoslavia at the Belgrade summit. The NAM represented the first major disruption in the Cold World map, a quest for alternative political alliances, for “alternative mondialisation”.
The exhibition Southern Constellations: The Poetics of the Non-Aligned emphasizes the ideas, ideals and principles of the movement, particularly in close connection with its cultural policies and place them in a contemporary context with the question: Could there be a non-aligned contemporaneity? And if so, what would it be like? However, the topics covered in the exhibition are not to be considered some kind of exoticism of the past, nor do they harbor nostalgia for the movement itself. Instead, the focus is on the way the “southern constellations” envisioned forms of politics that took as their starting point the life of peoples and societies that had been forcibly relegated to the margins of the global economic, political and cultural system. Struggles against poverty, inequality, and colonialism in the world system coupled with transnational solidarity which took many concrete forms could be included in a reconsideration of the history and legacies of the NAM today.
Consequently, NAM’s cultural politics strongly condemned cultural imperialism and epistemic colonialism. Western (European) cultural heritage was to be understood in terms of “juxtaposition”; this heritage would be interwoven with and into the living culture of the colonized, and would not simply be repeated under new (political) circumstances. Therefore art and culture in the NAM were largely about politics and history, or to put it differently, they were a way of staking a claim to history. It seems the movement was somehow aware of the fact that this was the only way it could enter the world’s (cultural) space on an equal footing.
There existed a heterogeneous artistic production, a variety of cultural politics and extensive cultural networks which enriched the cultural landscape of the NAM and enabled discussions about the meaning of art outside the Western canon, which is being presented for the first time at the Southern Constellations exhibition. It includes not only the (mostly political) reasons for the collaborations but also specific examples of exhibitions, collections, institutions, archives and works of art. Contemporary artistic interpretations are also included in the exhibition and placed in dialogue with older works. They derive from reflections on how it might be possible today – in these times of increasing global inequality, crises, and the ever-widening chasms between the rich and the poor – to still think about some other, fairer world order, an order that the NAM once actively pursued.
Participants: Dan Acostioaei | Art Pavilion Slovenj Gradec (Andreja Hribernik, Katarina Hergold Germ) | Sven Augustijnen | Babi Badalov | María Berríos & Jakob Jakobsen | “Cartography of SFR Yugoslavia’s International Collaborations in Culture with Developing Countries” (Teja Merhar) | Godfried Donkor | “From Bandung to Belgrade” (Riksa Afiaty, Iramamama, Sekarputi Sidhiwati, Syaiful Ardianto) | Gallery of Art of the Non-Aligned Countries “Josip Broz Tito” (The Contemporary Art Centre of Montenegro) | “Gorgona in Jakarta – on the Cutting Edge of the Edge?” (Nada Beroš) | Ferenc Gróf | Olivier Hadouchi | Aya Haidar | Ibro Hasanović | Ibro Hasanović in collaboration with Ahmad Adelian, Ahmad Yaman Fetyani, Abdelkadeer Itatahine, Yordanos Haile, Amin Hasan, Romat Hasan, Ahmed Shihab Hammood, Oussama Lahmaza, Masoomah Manafi, Zeinab Manafi | Siniša Ilić | Naeem Mohaiemen | Museum of African Art – the Veda and Dr. Zdravko Pеčаr Collection (Emilia Epštajn, Ana Sladojević) | Museum of Yugoslavia (Jovana Nedeljković) | Museum of Solidarity Salvador Allende, Santiago (Daniela Berger, Federico Brega, María Victoria Martínez) | “Re-Aligning the Asian Art Biennale” (Abhijan Toto, Ho Rui An, Chimurenga, "From Bandung to Berlin") | Dubravka Sekulić | Semsar Siahaan | “Third World: Prints from the Non-Aligned Countries at the International Biennial Exhibitions of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana between 1961 and 1991” (Bojana Piškur, Teja Merhar) | Mila Turajlić | Katarina Zdjelar
The Museum of Yugoslavia will organize an exhibition that will explore migrations during the 1990s in Serbia. The main subject of the exhibition will be migrations from and to Serbia during the 1990s as a result of decomposition of Yugoslavia and the wars that followed immediately.
Artistic and research project Exit(s) will explore the relation between art and politics, putting in question the discontinuity between the old and new state order and society values. The exhibition will reflect effects of changes of identity, system of values, war and post war trauma, as well as transition ideology.
In addition, the exhibition will expose testimonies which will be constructed with personal items and documents of the 1990s migrants, as well as through representation of extensive oral history database, made together with people who emigrated during the 1990s as consequence of wars on the territory of former Yugoslavia.