mumok, Vienna, Austria, 26.11.2022–10.04.2023
Conjunctions, chains, and combinations; hybridization, creolization, and amalgamation; bastards, liaisons, aggregators, mycelia, rhizomes, and networked constellations. mixed up with others before we even begin investigates artistic phenomena that reconcile different, often contradictory entities within contemporary visual culture. The exhibition posits these forms of coming into contact and being related against the imperatives of autonomy, originality, and authenticity, and also against a Western notion of purity, which expedited in the modern age and is increasingly voiced once again on the global stages of politics and economy.
The featured artists enter into a dialogue with works from the mumok collection and objects from the collections of the Natural History Museum Vienna. The combination of their works with museum artefacts foregrounds methods that generate hybrids as an effective strategy, not only in artistic but also societal and political realms. [...]
Politikens Hus, Forhallen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 10.11.2022−21.01.2023
Based on photographic material from Politiken's photo archive, Kolding explores the media house's historiography and perception of reality, starting with a series of collages composed of photographs that he has torn, cut, cut and glued back together to form entirely new images, entirely new narratives that both dissolve and mirror history.
"I wanted the exhibition to be based on the specific context, and it was therefore a gift for me to be able to work with such a large and in many ways unique archive as Politiken's own photo archive. In my work, I am generally interested in the stories that exist in a society, in questions of inclusion and exclusion, and therefore of power, and this archive is in many ways quite literally an image of that." - says Jakob Kolding
The title Cuts refers to both an action and a form, namely 'cut' and 'clipping'. The titles of the individual works in the exhibition also play an important role. Each title refers to the [...]
mumok, Vienna, Austria, 08.10.2022–29.01.2023
The collection show Changes focuses on recent acquisitions to the mumok collection, with works by Leidy Churchman, János Fájo, Philipp Fleischmann, Birke Gorm, Jojo Gronostay, Frida Orupabo, and Emily Wardill, and other works from the collection that have not yet been shown at mumok, and confronts these with older holdings which can thus be seen afresh.
The exhibition title Changes refers to a work by Sam Gilliam (1933–2022), who recently passed away. He identified the key to his artistic practice in “a sense of the importance of process, of change, of the importance of difference itself, a freedom to take command and work from one’s own ideas.” The title of his work Change (1970), which is in the mumok collection, refers to the fact that Gilliam’s “drape paintings,” of which this work is an example, are hung without frames from the ceiling and can look very [...]
Museo Tamayo, Mexico City, Mexiko, 01.10.2022–26.02.2023
Generalization is the first solo exhibition of Mexican artist Tania Pérez Córdova (Mexico City, 1979) in a national institution that presents a representative selection of the last 10 years of her artistic production, as well as objects commissioned especially for this occasion. The artist works mainly with materials historically linked to sculptural practices such as metal, ceramics, plaster, glass and marble, however, in her work they interact with everyday objects such as clothing, jewelry, cigars, or contact lenses, which have an intimate relationship with the body.
Pérez Córdova has created conceptual sculptures whose compositions and dynamics poetically point to places that exceed the objects themselves and the space that houses them. In addition to paraphrasing familiar stories, these pieces reveal the potential of open narratives that do not determine the viewer's experience. On the contrary, they open, on the one hand, the [...]
Belvedere, Vienna, Austria, 23.09.2022–08.01.2023
The Tree of Knowledge, the Tree of Enlightenment, the Axis of the World: Following these narrative strands, the exhibition GROW is centered around the tree as a subject in art and its relationship to humankind. Trees accompany our lives – as sources of oxygen, shade-givers, anchors of calm. Culturally, the tree has always been symbolic – a mysterious bearer of knowledge, signifier of strength and power, or harbinger of ecological aberrations to come.
Director Stella Rollig: “In the current climate crisis, the tree is perceived more than ever as a companion whose survival or demise has direct, tangible effects, not the least of which are emotional ones. While a tree dying on your own street is painful, the far-off deforestation of the rainforest is downright frightening. This exhibition explores this deep connection between humans and trees.”
Throughout the centuries, the tree has been an area of projection for humankind’s relationship to [...]
Esch 2022, European Capital of Culture, Esch-Alzette, Luxembourg, 22.09.–31.12.2022
What happens when human exceptionalism and bounded individualism, those old saws of Western philosophy and political economics, become unthinkable in the best sciences, whether natural or social? Seriously unthinkable: not available to think with. Biological sciences have been especially potent in fermenting notions about all the mortal inhabitants of the Earth since the imperializing eighteenth century. Homo sapiens — the Human as species, the Anthropos as the human species, Modern Man — was a chief product of these knowledge practices. What happens when the best biologies of the twenty-first century cannot do their job with bounded individuals plus contexts, when organisms plus environments, or genes plus whatever they need, no longer sustain the overflowing richness of biological knowledges, if they ever did? What happens when organisms plus environments can hardly be remembered for the same reasons that even Western-indebted people can no [...]