exhibitions

THE TURN المنعرج

Art Practices in Post-Spring Societies

Mar Abusaada (Syria), Mohamed Allam (Egypt), Noutayel Belkadhi (Tunisia), Arslane Bestaoui (Algeria), Irena Eden(Germany/Austria) & Stijn Lernout (Belgium/Austria), Moufida Fedhila (Tunisia), Reem Gibriel (Libya), Inkman (Tunisia), Helmut & Johanna Kandl (Austria), Halim Karabibene (Tunisia), Huda Lutfi (Egypt), Selma & Sofiane Ouissi (Tunisia), Anja Pietsch (Germany), Hamdy Reda (Egypt), Faten Rouissi (Tunisia), Transparadiso (Barbara Holub & Paul Rajakovics, Austria)

03/18 – 05/14/2016

curated by Christine Bruckbauer and Patricia K.Triki

Venue: Kunstraum Niederoesterreich,

Herrengasse 13, 1010 Vienna

"The Turn", philomena+ 2020 © 

The Arab Revolution held much promise. Anger at the old regime and a burning desire for political and social change caused the people to rebel. The revolution opened up possibilities and inspired new beginnings far beyond the borders. These political transformations have also caused a ‘turn’ in local art practices. Artists began to intervene in their own way and to become more vigorous participants in civil society. On the occasion of the 5 years-anniversary of the revolution, the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich and Public Art Lower Austria were presenting interventions by artists from the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) as well as Austria. All of the projects took place in urban and rural public spaces in Tunisia and express the hopes and difficulties of the democratization process. For THE TURN المنعرج, the curators Christine Bruckbauer and Patricia K.Triki faced the challenge of presenting works initially not only intended for the public space but also participatory and process-oriented in the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich. There a number of questions arise: What remains? Can we measure the effectiveness of these projects in which international artists also took part and which were largely funded by foreign institutions? What is the role of art in times of transformation?

The conference THE TURN المنعرج on March 18 in the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich was a chance to explore these issues and other crucial questions in comprehensive discussions with artists, civilians who participated in the projects, art historians, and representatives of funding institutions from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Germany and Austria.

 

At the opening, there were three performances: 

 

Moufida Fedhila: DO NOT TRACK 

Halim Karabibene: COMMUNIQUÉ NUMÉRO 2: AUTOFLAGELLATION POST RÉVOLUTIONNAIRE 

Inkman: KINGDOM OF LETTERS, CALLIGRAFITTI

The following projects are being presented: 

BLASTI (Anja Pietsch & Miriam Stock)

BYE BYE BAKCHICH SYSTEME (Faten Rouissi)

DE COLLINE EN COLLINE (Faten Rouissi)

DJERBAHOOD (Mehdi Ben Cheikh)

DREAM CITY (Selma & Sofiane Ouissi) 

ECRIVAIN PUBLIC (Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout) 

LAAROUSSA (Selma & Sofiane Ouissi)

LA CHRONOLOGIE (Christine Bruckbauer & Patricia K.Triki)

MNAMC (Halim Karabibene)

SUPER-TUNISIAN (Moufida Fedhila)