Identity is uncertainty #2
The exhibition Identity is Uncertainty #2:
‹Trauma›‹Art›‹Activism›‹Revolution› shows new works produced in Innsbruck by the participants of the Fellowship Program for Art and Theory at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen 2019–20. Anna DASOVIĆ, KURS (Mirjana Radovanović and Miloš Miletić), Lena Ditte NISSEN and Airi TRIISBERG focused on projects addressing constructions of identity that are of constituent significance for our present. The foundations of these identity constructions are to be found in the humus of (Post)National Socialist and (Post)Communist historical events: The military construct of the “Other” in the course of the UN presence during the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s, activist biographies in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, but also the National Socialist ideology and its subcutaneous persistence to the present day, as well as its counterpart in Yugoslavia – the partisan movement and its culture – were topics and the projects‘ onsets of the Fellows’ theoretical and artistic working proposals.
As the numbering implies, this exhibition is the second part of analysing the themes listed above. Identity is Uncertainty #1: On the socio-historical Constitution of the Present showed in the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen during fall/winter 2019-20 deliberately evoked in its subtitle the wording of a reference book title – a book, however, that neither existed nor was planned. The subtitle intended to emphasize rather the discursive claim of an artistic practice with a socio-critical connotation that questions common interpretations of political notions and, by this, also gives way to new knowledge insights, contributing to an altered understanding of our present time.
The current exhibition in the Kunstpavillon also pursues this discursive aspiration, which, this time, unfolds within the field of tension between overcoming and beginning anew; between the productive examination of historically, yet only seemingly completed processes of overcoming the past, and the conceptualization of possible future scenarios that bring into focus the emancipatory liberation from prevailing androcentric hegemonies.
Due to the lockdown, the events that have been planned in the context of the exhibition, and would have taken place in November 2020 will be reorganized as online events in January and February 2021. Up-to-date information will soon be available on the website of the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen.