A Sense of Place (group exhibition)

Opening, October 17, 2012, 7 pm
Exhibition, October 18 – November 30, 2012

Works by Eva Engelbert, Ann Guillaume, Karin Hasselberg, Katrin Hornek, Johanna Tinzl / Stefan Flunger, Kay Walkowiak, Hannes Zebedin, Josef Zenzmaier

The work and livelihood of young artists today, particularly those who do not produce according to the whims of the market, are determined to a great extent by grants, study fellowships and residency programs. At least two phenomena result from the associated ever-changing settings, social environments and personal contacts: the first is that most artists accumulate a rapidly growing network of international artist friends and acquaintances whose significance often extends beyond the respective local scene. And, second, there is the paradox of artists engaging with their changing locations and the specific issues there and developing works whose relevance then seems questionable in other places. Eva Engelbert and Katrin Hornek integrate both of these points into their exhibition concept. The invited artists are part of a network of producers who have in most cases gotten to know each other in places where none of them is at home, channeled through funding programs and the like. For the self-organized gathering of artists in their exhibition, the curating artists focus on the following questions: What happens en route between a real place, the locus created by a work of art and the exhibition space? Is the art space fictional? What kind of space is created when we transport site-specificity somewhere else? Does the local context become nothing but a backdrop, thereby ending up depoliticized? Is contemporary art as mobile as its artists?

Curated by Eva Engelbert and Katrin Hornek.