Gülsen Bal at Q21/MuseumsQuartier Wien

Gülsen Bal, one of our lecturers within the Faculty of Arts at ARUCAD, has curated the exhibition: It never is!, at an international hotspot of art, VIENNA ART WEEK’ 19, that is scheduled between15 – 22 November, in cooperation with Q21/MuseumsQuartier Wien. The MuseumsQuartier is one of the largest complexes for contemporary art and culture in the world in which ‘nothing is off limits’.

Gülsen Bal examines alternative schemes of coexistence and political hegemony which call for a deep understanding of various modes of interaction in order to reconcile conflicting forces in her curation It never is!, and presents artistic works by Tim BrennanHera BüyüktaşçıyanIgor Grubić and Ibro Hasanović.

Vienna Manoeuvreis a multipart performance that combines references to Günter Brus’s 1965 artwork “Vienna Walk” and Samuel Beckett’s 1966 short story Ping. Central to Tim Brennan’s work is his re-writing of “Ping” around the themes of walking, alienation and deracination. The performance also has a subtle but important reference to the artist’s birth and art practice: Brus’s and Beckett’s artworks both span the period of Brennan’s own gestation (1965) and birth (1966). A further reference is that performance, walking and writing are key characteristics of Brennan’s 30-year practice.

The video work Neither on the Ground, nor in the Sky by Hera Büyüktaşçıyan is inspired by the history of the Pergamon Altar, which was “deracinated” in Greece and taken to Germany. In the video, the altar’s parakeet mosaic takes physical shape to address timeless questions of origin, dislocation and rereading history.

Igor Grubić is is known for exploring the new situations that are coming to replace the old, while subtly inviting us to think about future ways of imagining – and inhabiting – our world. He presented Croatia at the 58th Venice Biennale with “Traces of Disappearing in Three Acts” that covered his 13 years’ work from 2006 to 2019. Here, his video work East Side Story highlights disturbing documentary footage of gay pride events held in Belgrade and Zagreb in 2001 and 2002, respectively, where participants were subjected to the verbal and physical abuse of neo-Nazi groups. Grubić has dancers reenact scenes from the footage.

Spectre by Ibro Hasanović is a meditation on decay, death, and on the ways memory haunts and affects the present. The film was shot on Josip Broz Tito’s representative navy yacht “GALEB.” Once a glamorous symbol of Yugoslav history, the yacht now sits abandoned in a shipyard.

For more info: http://www.openspace-zkp.org/2013/en/events.php?y=2019&p=101

22 November 2019