IT’S (ABOUT) POLITICS

Performing
the emancipatory
potential of
cultural practice

TEH Meeting 81
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WUK, Vienna

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In search of space to manoeuvre

Curating as political practice

Presentation and talk with Andrea Löbel and Klaus Schafler, Margarethe Makovec and Anton Lederer, Jelena Petrović, and Maren Richter. Moderation: Martin Fritz


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Staircase 2, Kunsthalle Exnergasse

Along with the institutional and representational critique that emerged in the art field in the 1960s, a reflection upon curatorial work has also unfolded. The objective was and is to open doors for art that rejects the object-based and instead analyses social deficits in a processual fashion.

How can the curatorial practice as such escape the logics of the institution that manifest in the canonisation and ‘golden handshakes’ of the market? Beyond the mere arrangement of an exposition, can curating be conceived as a cultural practice that also reveals counter-strategies in society?

Exhibition-makers speak about their work in this event and about their approach to the spaces of action that emerge within the context of contemporary art. This also comprises the potential roles of curator and institution, the audience, communication, and the translation of processes into concrete public settings.