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Common Affairs
76% visual arts
8% seduction
8% misunderstanding
8% lie

Making friends, shopping, checking, seducing, dreaming, lying, concretising ... the fields of agency proposed by the festival’s to-do list are as vast in range as they are specific. They spotlight a scepticism about exhaustive, let alone totalitarian theories and the difficulties of nevertheless somehow putting our incoherent, diffuse knowledge into context. But the host of social territories involved makes it difficult even to draft up, much less to implement suitable possibilities of action, after all the horizon of these possibilities is practically beyond grasp.
Are we then damned to a constant repetition of stereotypes and catastrophies? Is correct action still a trap into which exhaustive theories lure us? Is there any point in being politically active or does this lead straight to being unreasonably appropriated? “Common Affairs” takes a look at the constant change of perspectives and attempts to forge links between what we think we know and what we think we can do. From different vantage points, the participating artists pose questions concerning the possibilities of distinguishing or co-conceiving subjective action and political contexts, thus dealing with common affairs despite contrasting strategies.

Common Affairs

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With kind support from Bertrand + Gruner, Genf, Arndt & Partner, Berlin, Galerie Charim, Wien, Joost Bosland, Galerie Micheal Stevenson, Kapstadt, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin, Galerie Reinhard Hauff, Stuttgart, Galerie Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf & Sammlung Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart
Supported by Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung

03/10 - 26/10

daily 12 am - 7.30 pm

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue published by Edition Camera Austria.

Festival centre
Ursula Biemann (CH), Mladen Bizumic (RS/NZ/D), Kristleifur Björnsson (IS/D), Claus Föttinger (D/NL), Mustafa Maluka (ZA/D), Josephine Meckseper (D/USA) & Lily van der Stokker (NL)

Curated by
Reinhard Braun (A)

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