Opening, March 9, 2017, 6.30 pm
Exhibition, March 10 – May 5, 2017
The Austrian artist’s works trace relationships between individual life stories and political realities. For “Never Neverland,“ commissioned by the steirischer herbst festival, Holzfeind traces an arc from an artist community in the Californian desert to experimental lifestyles in Styria and Slovenia. In a 3-channel video installation, the exploratory film portrays people who have embarked on an alternative way of life remote from consumer society. The search for a more humane lifestyle becomes the springboard for reflecting on the meaning of creativity, spirituality and sustainability, and on the contrast between communalism and individualism. Holzfeind’s work can be understood as an artistic attempt to take up neglected social narratives and juxtapose them with the viewers’ own desires, expectations and feelings. She thus manages to generate a political moment that transcends the conventions of political art.
Heidrun Holzfeind (* 1972 in Austria) lives and works in Umeå.
Curated by Hemma Schmutz.