Politics of Belonging

22.09.2007-13.01.2008 10:00-18:00

Opening: 22.09.2007, 11am
Curated by: Adam Budak, Peter Pakesch, Katia Schurl

Space02 and public space

How long does one have to live in a place before qualifying as a local? What are the signs of belonging and what aspects of integration are identifiable? These are the questions addressed by Volksgarten. The Politics of Belonging, a co-production with steirischer herbst.


The exhibition Volksgarten. The Politics of Belonging is happening in the immediate vicinity of the Kunsthaus Graz. The aim is to paint an all-inclusive portrait of the city districts of Lend and Gries, on whose common boundary the Kunsthaus Graz is located. By virtue of their ethnic and social variety, the two districts encompass a demographically interesting space right around the Kunsthaus Graz and also around the exhibition.
The exhibition, titled after the park of the same name, is a stage on which the theme of social space is addressed and challenged at many levels. The artists taking part are applying themselves to the special circumstances of the districts and reporting their perceptions either as general statements in Space02 of the Kunsthaus Graz or in the form of participation projects directly within the two city districts.


Co-production with steirischer herbst

Participating artists: 
Absalon (IL), Pawel Althamer (PL), airline (CH), Bik Van der Pol (NL), Thomas Hirschhorn (CH), Pierre Huyghe (FR), Helmut und Johanna Kandl (AT), Sharon Lockhart (US), Gordon Matta-Clark (US), Jean-Luc Moulène (FR), Los Carpinteros (CU), Maria Papadimitriou (GR), resanita (AT), Daniel Roth (DE), Özlem Sulak (TR), Stephen Willats (UK), Manfred Willmann (AT)


catalogue accompanies the exhibition. With contributions from Bik Van der Pol, Adam Budak, Thomas Hirschhorn, Helmut Konrad, Christian Kravagna, Suzana Milevska, Peter Pakesch, Katia Schurl, Özlem Sulak, Sissi Tax, Stephen Willats and Nira Yuval-Davis.


Additional programme
Admission free!


Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
11am: Opening of the exhibition, Kunsthaus Graz
3pm: Artist talks with Thomas Hirschhorn and Stephen Willats, Kunsthaus Graz
5pm: Picnic in the Volksgarten (in front of or in the pavilion)
5pm-8pm: Children's programme: Many boxes – colourful ideas – a city, Volksgarten


Sunday, September 23rd, 2007 
7pm, Orpheum
Maria Papadimitriou: Volksgarten Orchestra


Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
7pm, Space04, Kunsthaus Graz
Suzana Milevska: The Phantasm of Belonging; Nira Yuval-Davis: Politics of Belonging and the Construction of Boundaries; Lectures


Tuesday, October 9th, 2007
8.30pm, augartenkino KIZ 
Sharon Lockhart: Film Screening Pine Flat


Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
7pm, Space04, Kunsthaus Graz
Rainer Münz: Too many people?


Friday, December 7th, 2007
10am-2am, Space04, Kunsthaus Graz
Symposium: Stories - Places - Identities


Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
7pm, Space04, Kunsthaus Graz
Micaela de Vivero. Tourist Series


Friday, January 11th, 2008
7pm, Space04, Kunsthaus Graz
Saskia Sassen and Richard Sennett


September 22nd until October 10th, 2007
Mariahilfer Platz
resanita: darfs ein bisschen weniger sein? or: Glaube Liebe Hoffnung ...


September 22nd until October 14th, 2007
Bik Van der Pol: Laughing Gas


September 22nd until October 14th, 2007
'airline: airtrain


September 22nd, 2007 until January 13th, 2008
Helmut and Johanna Kandl: Wir werden hier leben und glücklich sein


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