Arts Crafts


Opening: 14.11.2019, 7pm
Curated by: Barbara Steiner
Co-Curator: Alexandra Trost

About the exhibition

In the last few years, interest on the part of contemporary artists in crafting processes, in experimenting with material and techniques has grown noticeably. The way these artists handle pre-modern, traditional and local knowledge does not isolate, rather it opens up – to other cultures, to modern and contemporary art, to current discourses and digital developments. Culture is understood as a flow of varied, inter-related influences and elements.

The significance of craftsmanship as an essential component of cultural identity, and above all the potential of craftwork traditions to create community, is combined with social and economic conditions in a globalised world. With this approach, the artists also challenge – as a kind of side-effect – the ways in which the homeland, people, and folkloristic art and tradition are instrumentalised for political purposes.

The works show the extent to which local identification and global developments have long since slid into one another. Moreover, they ask how, given the present economic circumstances, a ‘crafted’ relationship between workers and the objects they work can be conceived and put into practice. This approach not only defies cultural boundaries, it also links up the analogue and digital worlds.

With works by Azra Akšamija, Olivier Guesselé-Garai, Plamen Dejanoff, Olaf Holzapfel, Antje Majewski, Jorge Pardo, Slavs and Tatars, Haegue Yang and Johannes Schweiger.


Kunsthaus Graz

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