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ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS

Between tradition, discourse and technologies

13.11.2019-16.02.2020


Kunsthaus Graz, Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz

 

Curated by: Barbara Steiner
Press tour: 13.11.2019, 11 am
Opening: 14.11.2019, 7 pm
Duration: 15.11.2019–16.02.2020

 

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About the exhibition

 

This exhibition showcases the artists’ interest in old handcraft methods and production techniques, in experimenting with materials and techniques, and also in arts and crafts.

 

Recent years have seen a marked increase in interest among contemporary artists in materials, in (arts-and-)craft methods, and in experimenting with materials and techniques. These works reference arts-and-crafts, folk and artistic traditions, while at the same time relating to contemporary and technological discourses. The way they handle premodern/traditional/local knowledge, materials and processes does not seek to isolate them, instead it opens them up – towards other cultures, towards modern and contemporary art, to current discourses and digital developments.       

 

Culture is understood as a flow of diverse influences and elements, which are fed synchronously and diachronically, and are intertwined; a process in which local forms of knowledge and global knowledge transfer are interwoven. The importance and appreciation of craft as an essential component of material culture and cultural identity, and above all the community-creating potential of arts-and-craft traditions, are associated with social and economic conditions in a globalised world. This approach means that artists also challenge – almost as a by-product – current political instrumentalisations of homeland, nation, folk art and tradition. The works show just how much local identifications and global developments have been telescoped together for a long time now. They go beyond this, however, to ask – without any sense of romanticisation – how, under the current economic conditions, it could still be possible to imagine and implement an “artisanal” relationship between those working and the objects of their work. This approach not only goes beyond cultural boundaries but also creates a connection between analogue and digital worlds. It even seems  – according to the hypothesis – that the globalised view is raising awareness of the particular qualities of craft and the potential loss of old and local knowledge.

 

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

   

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Material


Subject ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS,
Subject ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS,

© Johannes Schweiger, karton #3 (Detail), 2019, Titelgrafik modern temperament (Oliver Klimpel, Till Sperrle)


Kunst-Handwerk-Sujet.jpg (4.12 MB)

Photos of the artists for download are available here Expand Box

Material


Group photo, Opening "ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS", 2019,
Group photo, Opening "ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS", 2019,

1st row f. l. t. r.: Olaf Holzapfel (Artist), Azra Akšamijas (Artist), Jorge Pardo (Artist), Haegue Yang (Artist), Barbara Steiner (Head of Kunsthaus Graz), Alexandra Trost (Assistant Curator, Kunsthaus Graz), Plamen Dejanoff (Artist), 2. Reihe v. l. n. r.: Till Sperrle and Oliver Klimpel (Exhibition Design, modern temperament), Antje Majewski (Artist), Olivier Guesselé-Garai (Artist), Stan de Natris (Slavs and Tatars), Johannes Schweiger (Artist), Foto: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


Gruppenfoto-Kunst-Handwerk-Grabner.jpg (1.82 MB)

Curator Barbara Steiner,
Curator Barbara Steiner,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Barbara-Steiner-Kunst-Handwerk-01.jpg (0.87 MB)

Curator Barbara Steiner,
Curator Barbara Steiner,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Barbara-Steiner-Kunst-Handwerk-02.jpg (1.57 MB)

Artists Antje Majewski and Olivier Guesselé-Garai,
Artists Antje Majewski and Olivier Guesselé-Garai,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Antje-Majewski-Olivier-Guessele-Garai-Kunst-Handwerk.jpg (1.4 MB)

Artist Azra Akšamija,
Artist Azra Akšamija,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Azra-Aksamija-Kunst-Handwerk.jpg (2.38 MB)

Artist Johannes Schweiger,
Artist Johannes Schweiger,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Johannes-Schweiger-Kunst-Handwerk.jpg (1.82 MB)

Artist Olaf Holzapfel,
Artist Olaf Holzapfel,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Olaf-Holzapfel-Kunst-Handwerk.jpg (2.05 MB)

Artist Plamen Dejanoff,
Artist Plamen Dejanoff,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Plamen-Dejanoff-Kunst-Handwerk.jpg (1.5 MB)

Artist collective Slavs and Tatars, Payam Sharifi and Stan de Natris,
Artist collective Slavs and Tatars, Payam Sharifi and Stan de Natris,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Slavs-Tatars-Kunst-Handwerk.jpg (2.26 MB)

Installation views for download are available here Expand Box

Material


Installation view "ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS", 2019,
Installation view "ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS", 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-04.jpg (2.31 MB)

Installation view "ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS", 2019,
Installation view "ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS", 2019,

Works by Haegue Yang, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Haegue-Yang.jpg (2.19 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Haegue Yang, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Haegue-Yang-01.jpg (1.73 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Haegue Yang, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Haegue-Yang-02.jpg (1.92 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Haegue Yang, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Haegue-Yang-03.jpg (1.66 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Haegue Yang, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Haegue-Yang-04.jpg (1.97 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Haegue Yang, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Haegue-Yang-05.jpg (1.66 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Johannes Schweiger, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Johannes-Schweiger-01.jpg (2.17 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Johannes Schweiger, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Johannes-Schweiger.jpg (2.21 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Jorge Pardo Sculpture, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Jorge-Pardo-Sculpture.jpg (2.27 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Jorge Pardo Sculpture, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Jorge-Pardo-Sculpture-01.jpg (1.68 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Olaf Holzapfel, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Olaf-Holzapfel.jpg (3.11 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Olaf Holzapfel, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Olaf-Holzapfel-01.jpg (2.59 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Olaf Holzapfel, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Olaf-Holzapfel-02.jpg (2.64 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Olivier Guesselé-Garai and Antje Majewski, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Olivier-Guessele-Garai-Antje-Majewski-01.jpg (1.62 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Olivier Guesselé-Garai and Antje Majewski, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Olivier-Guessele-Garai-Antje-Majewski-02.jpg (1.41 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Olivier Guesselé-Garai and Antje Majewski, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Olivier-Guessele-Garai-Antje-Majewski-03.jpg (1.52 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Plamen Dejanoff, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Plamen-Dejanoff-04.jpg (2.32 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Plamen Dejanoff, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Plamen-Dejanoff-01.jpg (1.52 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Plamen Dejanoff, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Plamen-Dejanoff-02.jpg (1.43 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Plamen Dejanoff, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Plamen-Dejanoff-03.jpg (1.73 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-01.jpg (1.65 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-02.jpg (1.7 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-03.jpg (1.65 MB)

Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,
Installation view “ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS“, 2019,

Works by Azra Akšamija, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Azra-Aksamija-01.jpg (1.96 MB)

Installation view "ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS", 2019,
Installation view "ARTS ⇆ CRAFTS", 2019,

Works by Azra Akšamija, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/M. Grabner


Ansicht-Kunst-Handwerk-Azra-Aksamija-04.jpg (1.89 MB)

Images of exhibits for download are available here Expand Box

Material


Azra Akšamija, "T-Serai", 2019 ff.
Azra Akšamija, "T-Serai", 2019 ff.

© Azra Akšamija


Azra-Aksamija-T-Serai.jpg (3.07 MB)

Azra Akšamija, concept sketch 03 "Yarn-dez-vous",
Azra Akšamija, concept sketch 03 "Yarn-dez-vous",

© Azra Akšamija


Azra-Aksamija-Yarndezvous-Konzeptskizze.jpg (0.43 MB)

Azra Akšamija, "Wanderjahre #1", 2014,
Azra Akšamija, "Wanderjahre #1", 2014,

© Azra Akšamija


Azra-Aksamija.jpg (1.28 MB)

Antje Majewski, "Les Cache-sexes", 2017, 4k video, colour, sound, 15 min.
Antje Majewski, "Les Cache-sexes", 2017, 4k video, colour, sound, 15 min.

© Antje Majewski


Antje-Majewski-Les-Cache-sexes.jpg (2.05 MB)

Olivier Guesselé-Garai and Antje Majewski, Installation view “And Berlin Will Always Need You. Kunst, Handwerk und Konzept Made in Berlin“, Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2019,
Olivier Guesselé-Garai and Antje Majewski, Installation view “And Berlin Will Always Need You. Kunst, Handwerk und Konzept Made in Berlin“, Gropius Bau, Berlin, 2019,

© Antje Majewski, Photo Mathias Všlzke, Courtesy of the artist and VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn


Olivier-Guessele-Garai-Antje-Majewski-Gropius-Bau-2019.jpg (1.55 MB)

Haegue Yang, "Triple Vita Nestings",
Haegue Yang, "Triple Vita Nestings",

Installation view of “Triple Vita Nestings”, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2018, Courtesy of kurimanzutto, Mexico City / New York, Photo: Carl Warner


Haegue-Yang-Triple-Vita-Nestings.jpg (0.85 MB)

Haegue Yang, "The Intermediate – Head Carrying Woman",
Haegue Yang, "The Intermediate – Head Carrying Woman",

installation view, "Triple Vita Nestings", Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia, 2018, Photo: Carl Warner


Hague-Yang-The-Intermediate-Head-Carrying-Woman.jpg (0.66 MB)

Plamen Dejanoff, "Foundation Requirements", Installation view, 2014, Ursula Blicke Foundation, Kraichtal,
Plamen Dejanoff, "Foundation Requirements", Installation view, 2014, Ursula Blicke Foundation, Kraichtal,

Courtesy: the artist, Galerie Emanuel Layr Wien / Rom, Ursula Blicke Foundation, Kraichtal


Plamen-Dejanoff.jpg (0.58 MB)

Plamen Dejanoff, "Foundation Requirements" (Drawing), 2013,
Plamen Dejanoff, "Foundation Requirements" (Drawing), 2013,

Courtesy of Gallery Emanuel Layr Vienna/Rome


Plamen-Dejanoff-Foundation-Requirements-Entwurf.jpg (1.82 MB)

Plamen Dejanoff, "The Bronze House" (Alexander Battenberg Square Sofia), 2018,
Plamen Dejanoff, "The Bronze House" (Alexander Battenberg Square Sofia), 2018,

Courtesy of Gallery Emanuel Layr Vienna/Rome & CMS Vienna/Sofia, Photo: Daniel Nenov


Plamen-Dejanoff-The-Bronze-House.jpg (15.67 MB)

Johannes Schweiger, "Sampleschlaufe – Attenhut Themaverfehlung", Nousmoules, Vienna, 2016,
Johannes Schweiger, "Sampleschlaufe – Attenhut Themaverfehlung", Nousmoules, Vienna, 2016,

Courtesy of the artist


Johannes-Schweiger -Sampleschlaufe.jpg (0.78 MB)

Johannes Schweiger, "Excavation (Goodbye to All That)", 2012,
Johannes Schweiger, "Excavation (Goodbye to All That)", 2012,

film still, © Johannes Schweiger


Johannes-Schweiger-Filmstill-Excavation.jpg (0.83 MB)

Jorge Pardo, "Untitled", 2018, acrylic on engraved mdf, birch plywood, parota veneer, acrylic inlays, metal, plastic , 60x 115 90cm
Jorge Pardo, "Untitled", 2018, acrylic on engraved mdf, birch plywood, parota veneer, acrylic inlays, metal, plastic , 60x 115 90cm

© Jorge Pardo, 2018, photo Jens Ziehe, Berlin, courtesy of the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin


Jorge-Pardo-Untitled-2018.jpg (1.63 MB)

Jorge Pardo, "Untitled" (Jorge and mother with sailor cap), 2008,
Jorge Pardo, "Untitled" (Jorge and mother with sailor cap), 2008,

Courtesy Galerie Gisela Capitain


Jorge-Pardo-Untitled- Jorge-and-mother-with-sailor-cap .jpg (1.85 MB)

Jorge Pardo, "Untitled", 2012, Installation view, Galerie Gisela Capitain,
Jorge Pardo, "Untitled", 2012, Installation view, Galerie Gisela Capitain,

Photo: Simon Vogel, Cologne/Courtesy Galerie Capitain, Cologne


Jorge-Pardo-Untitled-2012.jpg (0.99 MB)

Olivier Guesselé-Garai, "Hommage to the African Square Meter", 2017, Oil on organic matter, yarn, plastic, raffia,
Olivier Guesselé-Garai, "Hommage to the African Square Meter", 2017, Oil on organic matter, yarn, plastic, raffia,

© Olivier Guesselé-Garai


Olivier-Guessele-Garai-Hommage-an-den-afrikanischen-Quadratmeter.jpg (1.61 MB)

Olaf Holzapfel, "Fluß", 2019,
Olaf Holzapfel, "Fluß", 2019,

Courtesy of the artist and Daniel Marzona, Berlin Photo: Thomas Bruns, Berlin


Olaf-Holzapfel-Fluss.jpg (4.17 MB)

Olaf Holzapfel, "Vier Äcker", 2013,
Olaf Holzapfel, "Vier Äcker", 2013,

Courtesy of Galerie Daniel Marzona Berlin, Galerie Gebr. Lehman Dresden


Olaf-Holzapfel-Vier-AEcker.jpg (1.09 MB)

Slavs & Tatars, "Friendship of Nations", 2017, Installation view “The Vague Space”, Weserburg Museum, Bremen,
Slavs & Tatars, "Friendship of Nations", 2017, Installation view “The Vague Space”, Weserburg Museum, Bremen,

Installationsansicht “The Vague Space”, Weserburg Museum, Bremen


Slavs Tatars-Friendship-of-Nations-2017.jpg (1.74 MB)

Slavs & Tatars, "Solidarność Pająk Study 4", 2011
Slavs & Tatars, "Solidarność Pająk Study 4", 2011


Slavs-and-Tatars-Solidarnosc-Pajak-Study-4.jpg (1.21 MB)

Slavs & Tatars, "Solidarność Pająk Study 5", 2011,
Slavs & Tatars, "Solidarność Pająk Study 5", 2011,

installation view Kiosk, Ghent, Photo: Yana Foque


Slavs-and-Tatars-Solidarnosc-Pajak-Study-5.jpg (1.89 MB)

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