September 23, 2017 - CMRK Graz - Exhibitions in Graz, Austria: autumn 2017
September 23, 2017


Lisl Ponger, Western Still Life, 2013. Photo. Courtesy Charim Galerie, Vienna.

Exhibitions in Graz, Austria: autumn 2017
September 23–November 25, 2017

Exhibitions in Graz, Austria: autumn 2017
September 23–November 25, 2017

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

All exhibitions: co-production steirischer herbst

Özlem Altin Processing
Camera Austria
September 23–November 19, 2017

trigon 67/17 – ambiente nuovo / post environment
Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM– Graz)
September 23–November 23, 2017

September 23–November 25, 2017

Autumn programme: The Seed Eaters
Grazer Kunstverein
September 23–November 17, 2017

Camera Austria has invited the Berlin-based artist Özlem Altin to participate in an exhibition project in September 2017, which is being produced and shown in collaboration with the steirischer herbst festival. The starting point for the endeavour is an exploration of the Camera Austria archive, which is made available to the artist as a kind of extension to her own collection. Books, invitations, press images, handwriting, posters, postcards, printed documents, manuscripts, and much more flow into the visual production of this project. During several stays in Graz, Altin viewed this material and photographed it, so as to integrate it into her own narrative. Altin’s methods are reminiscent of artistic research and tentative forms of presentation, as if she were sorting material for a future project. Although the work defies hasty classification, the respective elements are in fact carefully selected for each position within the narrative.

The meeting of different—opposing?—ideas about collecting and arranging material perhaps indicates that archives are always subjected to a subjective selection, referencing a specific cultural and visual milieu that may actually not permit reconstruction from the archive itself. How can that which has not remained visible actually be shown? Is it possible for Altin to add something to the archive of Camera Austria that is lacking, that has not been covered there? Do those images that are missing in the archive now appear in the exhibition?

In 1967, the legendary exhibition trigon 67 took place at the Künstlerhaus in Graz, examining the expanded ways that art deals with space. In celebration of the 50th anniversary, the Künstlerhaus – Halle für Kunst & Medien presents an updated version of this show, titled trigon 67/17. Once again, 15 artists from the trigon region former Jugoslavia, Italy and Austria will reexamine the original theme in the original arena—the Künstlerhaus and its outdoor environs—and present new site-specific productions, installations, and three-dimensional explorations of sculpture, painting, and media. The show’s contextual and historical foundation comprises original works of art, drawings, sketches, archival material, and an extensive slide and film show about “trigon 67,” which will be shown in the basement of the Künstlerhaus. The staging of the entrance has again been conceived in collaboration with the architect Eilfried Huth, who, along with Günther Domenig, participated in trigon 67. At the time, the two architects created a spiral-shaped dome made of transparent plastic and as high as a house for the entrance of the Künstlerhaus.

With Micol Assaël, Rosa Barba, Ludovica Carbotta, Lara Favaretto, Tina Frank / Peter Rehberg, Max Frey, Tina Gverović, Flaka Haliti, Clemens Hollerer, Sonia Leimer, Tobias 
Putrih, Hans Schabus, Esther Stocker, Jelena Trivić, Markus Wilfling

And with Marc Adrian, Mario Ceroli, Gianni Colombo, Luciano Fabro, Roland Goeschl, Jaki Jože Horvat, Enzo Mari, Oswald Oberhuber, Josef Pillhofer, Rudolf Pointner, Vjenceslav Richter, Miroslav Šutej, Jorrit Tornquist, Drago Tršar, Giuseppe Uncini

Recent works of artists who have influenced the programmatic development of <rotor> since this art center was established in 1999 will be presented in two consecutive exhibitions. Out of the hundreds of works that have been presented over the years, those artistic positions can be considered as central and lastingly stimulating.

Artist Oliver Ressler focuses his work on questions of democracy, activism, and the way we treat the environment. Delaine and Damian Le Bas have been dedicating their practice to the equality of the Roma and, more generally, to the rights of minorities. Lisl Ponger assumes an extraordinary position in the transcultural discourse and is an important critic of (post)colonial conditions. Nikolay Oleynikov takes up the great tradition of mural painting in what is a critical contemporary approach, commenting on social-utopian aspects in the history of ideas and in art. And finally, with his objects and installations, Pravdoliub Ivanov subtly questions the things of the world and presents them in a new light.

With Pravdoliub Ivanov, Damian Le Bas, Delaine Le Bas, Nikolay Oleynikov, Lisl Ponger, Oliver Ressler

This season, Emily Mast transforms the Grazer Kunstverein with The Seed Eaters—an experimental play and exhibition co-produced with steirischer herbst.

35 mini scenes, 18 sculptural sets, three new performers each night, and continually shifting roles—The Seed Eaters is presented as a deconstructed play, where language, objects, and participants’ personalities have equal value. Under the guiding leitmotif inspired by Ernst Fischer, the theme of this exhibition year is the necessity of art and its inherent magic. Emily Mast is particularly interested in the experience of endings, empathy, and the abolition of hierarchies in this context. This new production finds its space and voice amidst Grazer Kunstverein’s seasonally accumulative programme of artworks, including works by Ruth E. Lyons, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Céline Condorelli, Chris Evans with Morten Norbye Halvorsen, Fiona Hallinan, Isabella Kohlhuber, Isabel Nolan, and Adam Zagajewski.

Live performances of The Seed Eaters will take place on September 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27 at 7:30pm (performed in both English and German). Advance booking is recommended. To reserve your place for one or more of the live performances, please send an email to: office [​at​]

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