Gravity for All

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The European Crisis and Fleeing Artists

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On November 10th, diyalog participated into a round table about the migration crisis and cultural identity at the Centro Pecci in Prato, Italy. The round table and the discussion at Villa Romana in Florence was a collaboration between Centro Pecci and Villa Romana.

Gravitiy for All will become a network between artists who just arrived in Italy and Europe and those who are already living there. A platform to share information about residencies, grants and experiences.

The question of the discussion was: if the European migration crisis continues to be a scandal, how should  artists and cultural workers behave? How to create networks (in Europe and beyond) and give voice to artistic practices that go beyond the so-called “internationalism” of the twentieth century? If cultural education is the foundation of every society how to promote respect for artistic/cultural producers? What are the urgent concerns of the artists that have just arrived? Which partners could be involved for future collaborations?

The Coup of the Blameless Men

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Events

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Their expression is frozen, their faces serious. A disturbing group photo. A few days after the attempted coup in Turkey on 15/16 July 2016, the guilty were presented to public view. They are high-ranking military officers. Many other men also wear leisure clothes and not the uniforms in which they were arrested. Some of the men display clear signs of having been mistreated. “Der Coup der tadellosen Männer” (“The coup of the blameless men”) was the title one newspaper gave it. And the group of artists G.R.A.M. has seized upon just this enigmatic-dubious word order as the title for their latest presentation in the Christine König Gallery in Vienna.

For years already, the group has concerned itself in its performative stagings with press photographs, which it subjects to a multi-layered artistic interrogation in the form of its reenactments. They create a pictorial world that seems to be familiar yet which nonetheless appears strange. G.R.A.M. captures the pictorial raw material of the spirited, garrulous photo reportage in the mass media, and brings unrest into the world of the images using the artistic means of repetition and displacement.

Ordinaire Blau

Written by Thomas Büsch on . Posted in Events, Seen Beyond, Topography of Memory, Voices

Former Istanbul artists in residence from Austria Iris Andraschek exhibits her work from Turkey at Galerie Raum mit Licht in Vienna

until December 3, 2016.

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‘Sapun Ghar’ Iris Andraschek, Galerie Raum mit Licht, 2016 © Christoph Fuchs

Iris Andraschek is showing a series of drawings at Galerie Raum mit Licht for the European Month of Photography that circle around the possibility of accurately representing reality — or the impossibility of doing so.

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