united_nations_extended_MQ_Vienna_Seite_1 united_nations_extended_MQ_Vienna_Seite_2My series Inside ATOMS FOR PEACE is part of the exhibition “united nations extended — The Vienna Dialog”. It will be the first time that the complete series is presented in Vienna.

Location: freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL
MuseumsQuartier Wien, Museumsplatz 1, A-1070 Vienna
Preview: 12th March from 7pm
Exhibition dates: 13th March – 10th May 2015, Tue – Sun, 1pm – 8pm

Participating artists: Marina Abramović  (SRB/USA) / Abbas Akhavan (CAN) / Alfred Banze (GER) / Vitshois M. Bondo (COD) / Sophie Calle (FRA) / Sibylle Hofter (GER) / Alfredo Jaar (USA) / Janina Janke (GER) / Maurice de Martin (GER) / Khaled Jarrar (PSE) / Sven Kalden (GER) / Thomas Locher (GER) / Goshka Macuga (POL) / Josef Ramaseder (AUT) / Kofi Setorji (GHA) / Ivar Smedstadt (NOR) / Jan Stradtmann (GER) / Tanya von Barnau Sythoff (NDL) / Guy Wouete (CMR) / Zentrum für politische Schönheit (GER)

“The exhibition “united nations extended — The Vienna Dialog” engages with the controversy between art and politics, using the United Nations as an example. Alongside critical statements by contemporary artists, the exhibition also shows poetic and documentary works that present a broad survey of artistic positions since the 1990s. Compiled by the curators Signe Theill and Peter Winkels at freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL in the MuseumsQuartier Wien, the exhibition engages with figurative and symbolic political acts.

The policy issues that the artists focus their attention on range from the Palestine Conflict, via the Iraq War, the genocide in Rwanda, the civil war in Bosnia, and the plight of refugees on the borders of the EU, to the connections between the personal and politics in the context of the UN. The earliest works stem from the 1990s, the most recent have been specially completed for the exhibition and are being shown for the first time.

Participating artists include: The Center for Political Beauty (GER), who caused a political scandal last year during the celebrations of the fall of the Berlin Wall with their “Erster Europäischer Mauerfall”; Goshka Macuga’s (POL), whose multifaceted installation “The Nature of the Beast” alludes to the United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and his speech on the alleged weapons of mass destruction in Iraq; Sophie Calle (FRA) has a far more intimate and personal background to her happening “Prenez soin de vous”, completed in 2004, which includes the reading aloud by 107 women of an Email from Calle’s ex-boyfriend ending their relationship.

The history of the United Nations is also the history of a special relationship with art. The global organization has been collecting art, commissioning artists in the UN cities, and receiving artworks as diplomatic gifts from the outset. The UNO City in Vienna also has a significant collection of Austrian artists’ work donated in the early-1970s by the Republic of Austria. On the 60th anniversary of Austria’s membership of the United Nations, artists such as Jan Stradtmann (GER), Maurice de Martin (GER), and Janina Janke (GER) present the results of their research at the Vienna International Center. The photographs by Stradtmann show the cool elegance of the building’s interior, while the project “UN.KNOWN SPACES” by artist duo Janke/de Martin directs attention to the people who work for the United Nations, with interviews, videos and other documentary material compiled in Vienna, Nairobi and New York. The Berlin artist Alfred Banze (GER) traveled around the world with a copy of the mural by Per Krohg in the UN Security Council, the first artwork completed for the United Nations. He brings numerous videos to Vienna of this international workshop tour, lending a hearing to a vast range of voices, both with contemporary interpretations of the mural as well as on the vision of the United Nations.

Also on show are new works specially created for the exhibition by the quartier21/MQ Artists-in- Residence, among others by Sibylle Hofter (GER), who has installed a temporary local office for her exceptional photo agency, Schwimmer, in the exhibition space, or Guy Wouete (CMR), who has produced new photos as well as videos in Vienna. An extensive supplementary program accompanies the exhibition and provides a deeper insight into the art that surrounds the United Nations. From the first gift for the United Nations Security Council Chamber to an introduction to the International Academy of Art Palestine, lectures, screenings and artists discussions are geared to promote a transdisciplinary dialogue.” (text: MuseumsQuartier Wien)

printingPrinting for Vienna! Looking forward to see the complete series Inside ATOMS FOR PEACE on the wall as part of the exhibition “united nations extended – The Vienna Dialog” at quartier21, MQ – MuseumsQuartier Wien in March. The invitation is coming soon.

Tomáš Sedláček, Tomas Sedlacek

Portrait of Czech economist Tomas Sedlacek, published in Vrij Nederland, issue No. 5, 2015.

Tomáš Sedláček, Tomas Sedlacek

FACELESS Brussels_eventsSome photos of the Garden of Eden series are part of the group exhibition FACELESS at De Markten, Brussels.

Location: De Markten
Oude Graanmarkt 5, 1000 Brussels
Preview: 21th January 2015, from 6.30 pm
Exhibition dates: 22nd January – 8th February 2015, Tue – Sun, 12 pm – 6 pm

Participating artists: Marina Abramović / Lisette Appeldorn / Martin Backes / Jeremy Bailey / William Basinski, Zach Blas / Thorsten Brinkmann / DAWAMESK (Thomas Mercier) / Ondrej Brody & Kristofer Paetau / Sterling Crispin / Ben DeHaan / Sofie Groot Dengerink / Nezaket Ekici / Arthur Elsenaar / Shahram Entekhabi / Caron Geary aka FERAL is KINKY / David Haines / Ren Hang / Adam Harvey / Sabi van Hemert / KATSU / Brian Kenny / Ute Klein / Miodrag Krkobabić / Vanessa Lodigiani / Zachari Logan / Jill Magid / Slava Mogutin / Veljko Onjin / Bernd Oppl / Tanja Ostojić / Marco Pezzotta / Gerda Postma / Eva-Maria Raab / RAF SIMONS / Daphne Rosenthal / Tarron Ruiz-Avila / Mustafa Sabbagh / Olivier de Sagazan / Daniel Sannwald for WOODKID / Carmen Schabracq / Frank Schallmaier / Hester Scheurwater / Tim Silver / Jan Stradtmann / Sergei Sviatchenko / Filippos Tsitsopoulos / Saša Tkačenko / Marc Turlan / Levi van Veluw / Ari Versluis & Ellie Uyttenbroek / Philippe Vogelenzang & Majid Karrouch / Martin C de Waal / Bernhard Willhelm / Andrew / Norman Wilson / Lucy Wood and Jwan Yosef. Curated by Bogomir Doringer.

Henri SteinmetzPortrait of director Henri Steinmetz. Henri currently works on his debut feature film “Uns geht es gut” which will be released in cinemas in 2016.

“Bonds. Schuld, Schulden und andere Verbindlichkeiten”Garden of Eden and Belgravia published in Bonds. Schuld, Schulden und andere Verbindlichkeiten.

Wilhelm Fink Verlag, München, 2014
Editor: Thomas Macho
547 pages, 100 b/w and 30 colour
ISBN: 978-3-7705-5633-5

For more photos of the book see: Printed

“Die seit sechs Jahren aktuelle Finanz- und Schuldenkrise wird gern moralisch kommentiert. Ökonomische sind häufig moralische Entscheidungen. Und diese moralischen Entscheidungen werden auf Pflichten bezogen, die den Eltern, Göttern oder Nationen geschuldet werden, den Regeln einer Verwandtschaftsordnung, den Geboten einer Religion oder den staatlichen Gesetzen. Hinter Schulden verbergen sich Bindungen und Zugehörigkeitsversprechen. Geleitet von der Vermutung, dass die aktuellen Schulden und die um sie kreisenden Debatten und Proteste eng mit anderen Schulderfahrungen zusammenhängen – mit Evidenzen existentieller, moralischer oder rechtlicher Schuld –, vereint dieser Band verschiedene Positionen aus Kunst, Kultur und Wissenschaft zu einem transdisziplinären Dialog. Vertreter/innen der Anthropologie, Soziologie, Kulturgeschichte, Psychoanalyse, Ökonomie und der Künste formulieren ihre besonderen thematischen Zugänge, um das Verständnis der Fragen nach Schuld, Schulden und Bindungen zu vertiefen und zu erweitern.” (Text: Webseite Wilhelm Fink Verlag)

Contributors: Irini Athanassakis / Christina von Braun / Éric Brian / Anna Echterhölter / Elena Esposito / Roberto Esposito / Ulrike Harms / Marcel Hénaff / Ulrike Herrmann / Jochen Hörisch / Michael Hutter / Christian Kassung / Rebekka Ladewig / Maurizio Lazzarato / Maria-Sibylla Lotter / Antonio Lucci / Thomas Macho / Wolfgang Pircher / Birger P. Priddat / Evke Rulffes / Dieter Schnaas / Tomáš Sedláček / Bernd M. Scherer / Sebastian Schwesinger / Martin Treml / Ulrike Vedder / Elisabeth Weber / Sigrid Weigel. Artistic contributors: Norbert Artner / Mark Boulos / Jota Izquierdo / Jan Stradtmann

“Bonds. Schuld, Schulden und andere Verbindlichkeiten”

Jan Stradtmann, ItalyJust back from the Tuscany mountains, Italy. Continued shooting a series about the architecture of hunting.

Jan Stradtmann, Italy

Arno BojakArno Bojak in his studio, Berlin, July 2014.

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