June 11, 2015 - CMRK - Openings in Graz, Austria: summer 2015
June 11, 2015

Openings in Graz, Austria: summer 2015

Heidi Bucher, Lingerie, 1983. Latex, cotton. Courtesy the Estate of Heidi Bucher and Freymond-Guth Fine Arts, Zurich. Photo: Daniele Kaehr.

CMRK openings in Graz, Austria

CMRK is a network of four independent institutions for contemporary art based in Graz

Camera Austria

Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien

< rotor >

Grazer Kunstverein


Disputed Landscape 
Uncovering History
Camera Austria
May 16–July 5, 2015 

wow! Woven? 
Entering the (sub)Textiles
Halle für Kunst & Medien
June 13–September 10, 2015

All, who are here, are from here: 
An exhibition about diversity and coexistence in Styria
< rotor >
June 13–July 31, 2015

ars viva Prize 2014/15: Aleksandra Domanovic, Yngve Holen and James Richards 
Grazer Kunstverein
June 13–August 2, 2015

Landscapes are never simply there. Landscapes are always an expression of relationships. Landscape is a social covenant, a convention. In this nexus of relations and conventions, photographs play a central role. If landscape always represents a combination of aesthetic, social, economic, symbolic, and spatial elements, then a complex articulation of culture arises at the junction between landscape and photography: both associate that history with this view, that text with this identity, that memory with this place, that place with this history. Both landscape and photography embody a space where differences are yielded; both are linked to identity, memory, knowledge, history, and experience and provide a stage for related inscriptions. Against this backdrop, the exhibition series Disputed Landscape at Camera Austria queries current photographic positions as to how they convey or make visible these photographic articulations in pictures. 

With Anthony Haughey, Tatiana Lecomte, Jo Ractliffe, Ahlam Shibli, Efrat Shvili 

The exhibition wow! Woven: Entering the sub(Textiles) at Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM–) is devoted to the multifaceted questions that cover “textiles” as medium and material in today’s exploration of contemporary art practices. As far as memory reaches, textiles have had an influential application in nearly every culture, so that they seem practically predestined to be charged with political content, to be used and observed outside of artisanal contexts, including the ways they are dealt with on an artistic level. Besides the fact that textiles are familiar to most people and have a sensual quality, a wealth of weaving techniques and woven textures has developed around the world over thousands of years. In the recent past there has been an increasing number of investigative artistic explorations of the history and role of the textile industry as one of the capitalist methods of organized production.

With Anna-Sophie Berger, Heidi Bucher, Merlin Carpenter, Ines Doujak / John Barker, Manfred Erjautz, Rubén Grilo, Sheila Hicks, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Helena Huneke, Hannah James, Marie Lund, Christian Mayer, Lisa Oppenheim, Judith Raum, Sascha Reichstein, Amanda Ross-Ho, Yorgos Sapountzis, Constanze Schweiger, Johannes Schweiger, Ingrid Wiener

The exhibition at < rotor >, All, who are here, are from here, is realized within the framework of the project “Spannungsfeld gesellschaftliche Vielfalt” (Social Diversity: An Area of Tension), initiated by ISOP – Innovative Social Projects and the University of Graz. In response to an open call, many artists submitted project proposals, from which a jury made a selection. The artistic contributions analyze the current situation within our society and develop visions of living together in diversity, without exclusion and discrimination. According to Katharina Scherke (University of Graz) and Robert Reithofer (ISOP), this requires “thinking about how social living environments can be designed which do not exclude anybody on the basis of his or her gender, origin, age, or sexual orientation. Thus essential questions of social justice and mobility are also addressed.”

With Florin-Marian Asei, Beba Fink, KRI Kammerhofer, Meta Krese / Thomas Wolkinger, Maryam Mohammadi / Joachim Hainzl, Nahtloskunst, Samson Ogiamien, Edith Payer / Markus Wait, Wendelin Pressl, Philip Schütz, Clara Wildberger, Bernhard Wolf

The Grazer Kunstverein presents the winners of the prestigious ars viva Prize 2014/15: Aleksandra Domanović (b. 1981 in Novi Sad, Serbia), Yngve Holen (b. 1982 in Braunschweig, Germany), and James Richards (b. 1983 in Cardiff, Wales). Aleksandra Domanović’s video works, sculptures, and prints explore how historical and cultural events related to former Yugoslavia shape individual and collective identity. The use of digital media content, which Domanović quotes, archives, and recontextualizes, is a key element of her practice. The work of Yngve Holen is characterized by the appropriation of advanced technologies. His sculptural practice is instilled with a corporeal sensibility, reflecting our complex experience with our everyday surroundings. Welsh-born artist James Richards creates videos by combining his own footage with film clips from a wide variety of archives and other sources, accompanied by a self-produced soundtrack. Using a visual language that plays with a friction between the familiar and obscure, his compositions speak of a personal narrative amongst the media morass. 

The Members Library presents a selection from the edition project EN/OF by curator and music publisher Robert Meijer (b. 1977 in Beerwijk, Netherlands), which aims to bridge visual art and music. 


CMRK openings in Graz, Austria: summer 2015
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