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The Plundering

3 October 2014 to 1 February 2015

As a politically involved artist Oliver Ressler (born 1970, lives in Vienna) is committed to doing on-site research to analyse economic conditions and forms of political organizing in different places in the world. Many of his works are concerned with forms of resistance, e.g. in the  alter-globalization movement or the movement of the squares. He typically pursues alternative approaches to the existing systems of power, presenting them as viable options in films, photographs and installations.

What the works assembled in this exhibition have in common is the focus on different forms of plundering currently practised under capitalist domination: the extraction of raw materials in the global south and of the diminishing oil reserves by transnational commodity trading and mining companies; bouts of aggressive privatisation in Georgia; the exclusion of the public, as a consequence of the creation of gated communities, from spaces formerly generally accessible; the siphoning off of taxpayers’ money to “save” bankrupt banks. The emphasis throughout is on ways of resisting and alternative organizing as a reaction to political, economic and social grievances.


The exhibition is accompanied by the catalogue Oliver Ressler:  Cartographies of Protest.
Edited in Verlag für Moderne Kunst, by Juan Antonio Álvarez Reyes, Marius Babias, Emanuele Guidi, Stella Rollig. In German and English language, 160 pages


Thursday, 2 October 2014, 7 pm
Together with Oliver Ressler will be opened the exhibition Pure Water. The most valuable Resource in the World.

Thursday, 11 December, 7–11 pm
With screening of several films by Oliver Ressler and a talk between Crossing Europe head Christine Dollhofer and the artist (talk German only)

Guided tours

Duration 1 hour, costs € 3, exclusive admission, German only

Every Thursday, 7 pm
The guided tours combine the two exhibitions Oliver Ressler and The Collection

Thursday, 9 October, 7 pm
Guided tour with Oliver Ressler

Exhibition booklet

A free exhibition booklet with information on all exhibits is available in German and English language.

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Photo: © maschekS.