The whole province as a space for art. Styria as a venue of the avantgarde. A region in which the density of artists is higher than in many places. All these notions and clichés are evoked at the sight of this exhibition. This was not curated in the classical sense; rather, the contributions arose through a jury’s decision, awarded in the form of travel and studio stipends and then condensed here into an exhibition. The show, expanded this year, shows artistic potentialities, heterogeneous positions and chance juxtapositions. In terms of content, surprising parallels result. The general feeling of unease and the threat in the face of dramatic global developments finds expression in many of the works on show. Questions of one’s own identity, speculation concerning a complex perception of reality, social dynamics, as well as the environment and its rapidly changing processes are the subject of debate here – art as a seismographic and prognostic force is a key element in an engaged society.
Artists: Annenstrasse 53, (Džana Ajanović, Amel Bešlagić, Abdelrahman Elbashir, Julian Flores, Rose-Anne Gush, Lena Kasching, Anousheh Kehar, Budour Khalil, Anastasiia Kutsova, Simon Oberhofer, Benedikt Probstmeier, Philipp Sattler, Anna Schoissengeyer, Dubravka Sekulić, Barbara Seyerl, Nour Shantout, Milica Tomić), Nayarí Castillo und Hanns Holger Rutz, Katharina Copony, Nicole Cseh, Monique Fessl und Marta Navaridas, Anita Fuchs, Julia Gaisbacher, Lis Gort, GUKUBI MATO (Martin Guevara-Kunerth, Tom Biela), Marlene Hausegger, Thomas Hitchcock, Silvia Hödl, Anaïs Horn, Matthias Jäger, Franz Kapfer, Karl Karner, Georg Klüver-Pfandtner, Lena Violetta Leitner und Lily Hassioti, Angelika Loderer, OAG Kulturverein (Adnan Babahmetović, Raffael Jessner, Igor Kolonic, Julia Lacina, Lena Prehal, Gabriel Schmidt, Katharina Sieghartsleitner, Harald Wawrzyniak), Julian Palacz, Niki Passath, Manuel Rieder, Carolina Sales Teixeira, Michaela Schweighofer, Thomas Supper, Helene Thümmel, Patrick Topitschnig, Total Refusal (Adrian Haim, Jona Kleinlein, Leonhard Müllner), Nina Vobruba, Karl Wratschko, Elisa Wüntscher, Josef Wurm