Vienna’s leading contemporary art galleries will be presenting specially curated exhibitions on the topic “Meine Herkunft habe ich mir selbst ausgedacht” [My Origins? I made them up]. The festival, coordinated and supported by the Vienna Business Agency and their creative centre departure, is on display from September 9 to October 15.
In contrast to the times of the avant-gardes, artistic claims of innovation today are premised less on the cutting-off of lines of tradition, but rather on the reconnection with and re-interpretation of one’s roots. What is it that prompts artists to increasingly turn towards their role models and how are the corresponding influences revealed in their works? Based on the eponymous essay “Meine Herkunft habe ich mir selbst ausgedacht” [My Origins? I Made Them Up] by the author, journalist and cultural critic Diedrich Diederichsen, curated by_vienna explores questions like these in its eighth year.
Every participating gallery has charged an internationally active curator or curator team to create an exhibition surrounding the festival topic. The individual exhibitions will display different approaches to the topic of this year’s festival. Expanding on the old idea of homage (Hommage – Ideal or Pattern?, Knoll Galerie, curated by Edit Sasvári), young art from Bangladesh (You Cannot Cross the Sea Merely by Staring at the Waves, Krinzinger Projekte, curated by Diana Campbell Betancourt), or even a view of a youth’s room (Jugendzimmer, Galerie Crone Wien, curated by Dirk Schönberger), are just a few examples of the exhibitions.
Some curators chose to interpret the festival theme in a political way. In Winter Is Coming (Homage to the Future), at Georg Kargl Fine Arts, curator Maria Arusoo has invited artists to present humorous or critical visions of the present and the melting down of future perspectives. How does a young generation of artists deal with a gloomy political situation? The exhibition at Charim Galerie, curated by Bassam El Baroni, wants to critically examine the tendency of political rhetoric pushing egocentric views on its audience. Nemocentric – the idea of a subjectivity centered on no one – wants to disrupt the egocentric point of view.
An important element of the festival are their tours – the goal is to provide a new, easy method of access to galleries and to wet the visitor’s appetites for more. Art experts, among others Diedrich Diedrichsen, will guide tours on Fridays and Saturdays in selected gallery clusters such as the Schleifmühlgasse, the Eschenbachgasse or the Seilerstätte.
curated by_vienna will also participate in viennacontemporary with a booth, and will present a talk with Diedrich Diederichsen, who will discuss the festival’s theme with art historian and critic Sabeth Buchmann. (Saturday, September 24, 3-4 pm)
Two nights allow for a more socially oriented visit – the Opening on Thursday, September 8 (6-9 pm), and again the curated by_vienna Night during viennacontemporary, on Friday, September 23 (6-9 pm).
Verlag für moderne Kunst will host a pop-up #artbookstore from September 8-10 in Schleifmühlgasse, complete with wine bar, music and an installation by Manuel Gorkiewicz, and will be present at Marx Halle during viennacontemporary (September 22 -25) as well.
22–25 September 2016
Marx Halle Vienna