Openings in Graz, Austria: autumn 2014

Openings in Graz, Austria: autumn 2014


Lerato Shadi, SELOGILWE, 2010. HD video, 7 hours 3 minutes.

September 27, 2014

CMRK openings in Graz, Austria

All exhibitions are coproduced by the steirischer herbst festival

CMRK is a network of four independent institutions for contemporary art based in Graz: Camera Austria, Künstlerhaus KM– Halle für Kunst & Medien, < rotor >, and Grazer Kunstverein.

The Militant Image
Picturing What Is Already Going On, Or The Poetics of the Militant Image
Camera Austria
September 28–November 16, 2014

ordinary freaks
The Principle of Coolness in Pop Culture, Theater and Museum
Künstlerhaus KM–
Halle für Kunst & Medien
September 28–November 20, 2014

< rotor >
September 28–November 22, 2014

Ronald Jones: 1987–1992
Elio Montanari: Quis Erudiet Without Documenta
Grazer Kunstverein
September 28 – November 23, 2014

Images of the eruption of revolutions, the momentum of particular liberation struggles, the concatenation of social movements, and heroic or overlooked individual moments of resistance and refusal—and even acts of courage and love—have historically built an archive of militant images. Yet, as powerful as images of militancy remain—from militant cinema to movement posters to images grabbed in the heat of the moment—their impact within a contemporary media landscape saturated with images of social unrest is not guaranteed. In the political and media terrain of the present, what makes an image militant? The Militant Image: Picturing What Is Already Going On, Or The Poetics of the Militant Image at Camera Austria.

With Raymond Boisjoly, Harun Farocki, Peter Friedl, Sharon Hayes, Marine Hugonnier, Alfredo Jaar, Emily Jacir, Walid Sadek, Jayce Salloum, Ines Schaber, Paola Yacoub; Urban Subjects (Sabine Bitter, Jeff Derksen, Helmut Weber) in collaboration with Camera Austria

The Künstlerhaus KM–, Halle für Kunst & Medien is very pleased to present ordinary freaks – The Principle of Coolness in Pop Culture, Theatre and Museum. The works presented in ordinary freaks pursue questions pertaining to how, where, and through which means Pop and life in general, art and the theatre world, can have mutual impact. Essential artistic elements supporting the extensive and multilayered quest for forms of the authentic between genres will include artistic investigations along the margins between verbal and visual spheres in the large-format works of artist and musician Kim Gordon; Eugene Doyen’s early filmic work Quiet Lives with young Tracey Emin and Billy Childish representing those in warped and exaggerated representation; the portrait-reflexive authenticity infiltrating pet-animal photography from the series Scale by Josephine Pryde; a handwritten “business card” by Joey Ramone transferred into a large-format painting by Stefan Sandner, and many, many more. The exhibition is based on an idea by Schorsch Kamerun and Christian Egger.

With Bruce Conner, Martin Creed, Eugene Doyen, Christian Egger, Ed van der Elsken, Kim Gordon, Albert Oehlen / Schorsch Kamerun / André Butzer / Michael Dreyer / Der Basken-Carlos, David Ostrowski, Raymond Pettibon, Josephine Pryde, Daniel Richter, Stefan Sandner, Ian Svenonius, and Amelie von Wulffen.

More than 250 years ago, Jean-Jacques Rousseau described that fatal moment when the first man fenced in a piece of land so as to declare it his property. For Rousseau this was an impermissible act, as “the Earth [itself belongs] to nobody.” But still the belief in property has started innumerable wars and crimes.

In keeping with the leitmotif of the steirischer herbst festival, < rotor > examines the loss of solidarity and territorial clashes—both from an individual and a collective angle. On show are not only works that deal with the (self-elected) withdrawal of individuals or groups from our consumerist world. Also featured are works that talk about those regions of the world in which land grab and territorial exclusion are still common currency—reflecting a collective impotence in the face of existing, often postcolonial power relations founded on exploitation that allow the population no means of sharing in the wealth.

With Ovidiu Anton, Mark Boulos, Armando Lulaj, Tim Sharp, Lerato Shadi, Gaby Steiner, Gamlet Zinkovsky

The Grazer Kunstverein‘s continuous investigation into notions of social abstraction is carried further in response to the new leitmotif of the steirischer herbst 2014, which questions the notion of “sharing.” The main exhibition is the first solo presentation of the work of artist and critic Ronald Jones (b. 1952, United States) since the mid-1990s and is curated by artist Jason Dodge and Krist Gruijthuijsen, director of the Grazer Kunstverein.

Following the exhibition Elio Montanari: One, No One and One Hundred Thousand at SALT Galata in Istanbul, the Grazer Kunstverein is presenting a selection of works by Italian architect and photographer Elio Montanari (b. 1944, Ravenna) at The Members Library. The exhibition is curated by November Paynter, Associate Director of Research and Programs, SALT, Istanbul.


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