UMJ Newsletter Aussendung.

With the exhibition "24/7. Work between meaning and imbalance", the Kunsthaus Graz is focusing on the annual theme of "Work"

Invitation to the press tour

Work between meaning and imbalance

Tuesday, April 30, 11:30 a.m.
Kunsthaus Graz
Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz

Nojus Drąsutis, The Pool Cleaners, Vilnius 2017, aus: Antje Ehmann, Harun Farocki, Eine Einstellung zur Arbeit / Labour in a Single Shot, 2011- Video still

Dear media representatives!


Yet despite the apparent freedom from rigid structures and time cards, many employees continue to struggle for fair conditions. Invisible work such as unpaid housework or care work, frequently carried out by women, is also a social problem at present and shows the need to address inequalities and exploitation. The struggle for higher wages now faces such terms as New Work, 4-day week and work-life balance. Are these just hollow phrases or realistic demands in a time of maximum stress?

 Work is not just to be considered from the economic viewpoint, however; it can and should be a source of meaning and fulfilment, too. In modern-day consumerist society, in which people are focused on material possessions, work has turned into a mere means to an end, to enable consumption; yet a society in which work is no longer the central element in life could allow people more time for personal development, cultural activities and creative expression.

In a not-too-distant future, such technologies as AI and automation will continue to change the world of work and bring with them new challenges. These will once again necessitate both social and political discourse.

The exhibition examines the often precarious aspects of artistic and cultural work, posing questions about the blurring of boundaries between letting oneself be exploited and self-realisation. One part of the exhibition space is available for new productions and performative art projects, which will allow the exhibition to grow as it runs.


Exhibition artists:

Maja Bajević, Julien Berthier, Louisa Clement, Manuel Correa & Marina Otero Verzier, Jeremy Deller, Antje Ehmann & Harun Farocki, Aldo Giannotti, Liam Gillick, Lisa Großkopf, Andreas Gursky, Theresa Hattinger & Michael Hieslmair & Michael Zinganel, Tehching Hsieh, Johanna Kandl, Peter Kogler, KURS (Miloš Miletić, Mirjana Radovanović), Luiza Margan, Pia Mayrwöger, Sam Meech, Michail Michailov, Elisa Giardina Papa, Nika Radić, Martha Rosler, Sebastian Schmieg & Silvio Lorusso, Christoph Schwarz, Selma Selman, Santiago Sierra, Lia Sudermann & Simon Nagy, Oliver Walker


We cordially invite you to the press event on Tuesday, April 30, at 11:30 am.

The press tour will mainly be held in German and also in English. Kunsthaus director Andreja Hribernik, curator Katia Huemer and the artists in the exhibition are also available for interviews after the press tour. Andreja Hribernik will also be offering guided tours in Slovenian during the duration of the exhibition.





Work between meaning and imbalance

Opening: 30.04.2024, 7 pm

Duration: 01.05.2024–19.01.2025
Curated by Katia Huemer
Curatorial assistance: Martin Grabner

Kunsthaus Graz, Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz



Event tip

01.05.2024, 1–5 p.m.
Santiago Sierra

Repetition of the Writing of a Phrase
People of migrant origin spend hours writing the phrase "I will never take a job away from a European". Santiago Sierra's provocative performance addresses social and economic injustices such as the exploitation of migrant workers and breaks through social taboos to raise awareness of political and social grievances.



Further information and first images can be found at: 24/7




We look forward to seeing you and ask you to register!


Daniela Teuschler
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Stephanie Liebmann

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