Vienna… of bread, wine, cars, security and peace
Artists: Marwa Arsanios • Zach Blas • Sonia Boyce • Banu Cennetoğlu • Alejandro Cesarco • Saddie Choua • Phil Collins • Alice Creischer • Adji Dieye • Ines Doujak • Melanie Ebenhoch • Tim Etchells • Kevin Jerome Everson • Forensic Architecture • Monika Grabuschnigg • Vlatka Horvat • Anne Marie Jehle • Gülsün Karamustafa • Jessika Khazrik • Victoria Lomasko • Hana Miletić • Marina Naprushkina • Tuan Andrew Nguyen • Wendelien van Oldenborgh • Sylvia Palacios Whitman • Dan Perjovschi • Pirate Care • HC Playner • Oliver Ressler • School of Contradiction • Selma Selman • Andreas Siekmann • Daniel Spoerri • Hito Steyerl • Mladen Stilinović • Marlene Streeruwitz • Milica Tomić • …
The curatorial collective What, How & for Whom / WHW took over the artistic leadership of Kunsthalle Wien in June 2019. Their program starts with an international group exhibition featuring more than 30 artists and extending to all spaces of Kunsthalle Wien.
The title is taken from the book “Globalization and the Manufacture of Transient Events”, written by Lebanese author and artist Bilal Khbeiz in 2003 (published by Ashkal Alwan, Beirut), who muses over the differences between the dreams of people in the Global South and the Global North. He concludes that “… we in the Third World are left to dream of bread, wine, cars, security and peace.” In last two decades the horizon of a good life through those same “bread, wine, cars, security and peace” escapes more and more people, also in places where it was perceived as a given.
The artists in the exhibition offer a critique of the harsh processes that are undermining emancipatory political values which try to provide a dignified life for the many. Equally important, the presented artists suggest that the former horizon of a good life could become something else, replaced by ideas drawn from degrowth, feminism, ecology and decolonial thinking.
Curators: What, How & for Whom / WHW (Ivet Ćurlin, Nataša Ilić und Sabina Sabolović)
Installation view: ... of bread, wine, cars, security and peace, Kunsthalle Wien 2020, photo: Jorit Aust