Werner Feiersinger: Landscapes of Desire

Die 4. Industrial Art Biennial, Labin, Raša, Pula and Rijeka, Kroatien, 13.05.–30.06.2023

Werner Feiersinger: Landscapes of Desire

Werner Feiersinger, Ausstellungsansicht: 4. Industrial Art Biennial 2023, Labin

Continuing the path set by previous biennials (2014/2016/2018/2020), IAB 04 will again have an emphasis on contemporary art and socially engaged new art practices with a multi-perspectival, interdisciplinary approach. Participating artists will question the relationship between art and society, with an emphasis on historical, cultural, social and the political context of the two main biennial locations: Labin & Raša. Among other issues, they’ll explore and consider how to restore solidarity in the post-crisis context, and how to build, develop and promote it within their cultural and artistic practices. The 4th edition of IAB will be again structured into 3 geographically separate but thematically interconnected exhibition complexes: Labin (Socio-Cultural Center “Lamparna”, ex-mining site Pijacal, and some open public spaces) and the neighbouring ex-mining town of Raša (former miners’ canteen, Church of St. Barbara, former 25 May factory), will function as the starting point and the core of the Biennale, from which it will expand towards Pula (Archaeological Museum, Augustus Temple, Gallery Amphitheater) and Rijeka (MMSU, Korzo). The curators of the 4th Biennial are Christoph Doswald and Paolo Bianchi from Switzerland. “The Industrial Revolution was not only followed by profound economic and social changes. It also led to a radical change in our understanding of art: Modernism, Futurism, Expressionism, and Impressionism are artistic reactions to the mechanisation of the world. New modes of expression were needed to understand the radical transformation of society. The 4th IAB reflects how the Istrian Peninsula, including the cities of Rijeka, Pula, Labin, and Raša, was particularly influenced in many ways by these processes and was home to an impressive number of pioneering personalities and initiatives – attempting to turn utopian ideas into reality”.

“…artists with different backgrounds will be invited to develop on-site interventions, to undertake intensive field studies, and to research on specific utopian sources in a beautiful and rich territory. The exhibition-project is an innovative tribute to the utopian energy of the Istrian peninsula, with a focus on today’s social, cultural, and economical challenges.”

(C. Doswald and P. Bianchi, December 2021).

Participating artists:

Lara Almarcegui
Cristian Andersen
Charlie Billingham
Vanessa Billy
Werner Feiersinger
Fernanda Figueiredo
Clare Goodwin
Tatjana Gromača
Igor Grubić
Manaf Halbouni
Raphael Hefti
Gregor Hildebrandt
Christian Jankowski
Nikita Kadan
Sandra Knecht
Joseph Kosuth
Sonia Leimer
Lena Lapschina
Olaf Nicolai
Seçkin Pirim
Anna Piva
Marko Pogačnik
Tanja Roscic
Karin Sander
Arcangelo Sassolino
Talaya Schmid
Natalia Stachon
Stefanos Tsivopoulos
Viktor Zahtila


The 4th Industrial Art Biennial


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