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Transformation and Recurrence
Reflections on Radical Nationalisms in Contemporary Art

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  • Exhibition view, Transformation and Recurrence. Reflections on Radical Nationalisms in Contemporary Art, 2021
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  • Exhibition view, Transformation and Recurrence. Reflections on Radical Nationalisms in Contemporary Art, 2021
  • Exhibition view, Transformation and Recurrence. Reflections on Radical Nationalisms in Contemporary Art, 2021
  • Exhibition view, Transformation and Recurrence. Reflections on Radical Nationalisms in Contemporary Art, 2021
  • Exhibition view, Transformation and Recurrence. Reflections on Radical Nationalisms in Contemporary Art, 2021

In parallel with the continuity of extremist rightwing political ideas there is an afterlife of the repeated representation of fascism in art and literature and an appropriation of its aesthetic set pieces in popular culture and (transgressive) subculture. This exhibition pulls together a great number of works and strategies that address this phenomenon, ranging from appropriation and mimetic subversion to the analytic contemplation, re-staging and deconstruction of fascistoid mechanisms.


The re-enactment of traumatic and/​or threatening constellations in a fictitious form may function as an attempt to gain control of them by redefining their frame of reference. This appropriation creates a space for the negotiation of topics whose ambivalence oscillates between fascination and revulsion. Last of all, the exhibition is designed to cast light on the question of what artistic strategies are capable to visualize current totalitarian, extreme right-wing developements.

Curators: Markus Proschek, Hemma Schmutz

Artists

Monica Bonvicini, Keren Cytter, Martin Dammann, Ines Doujak, Riccardo Giacconi, Erez Israeli, Franz Kapfer, Laibach, Annika Larsson, Henrike Naumann, Markus Proschek, Roee Rosen, Dennis Rudolph, Christina Werner

Videos

*Please understand that we offer our video production in German language only.

#SneakPeek: Transformation and Recurrence

#ArtistTalk: Christina Werner about "Something is always left behind...", 2013–2017

#ArtistTalk: Markus Proschek about Laminat (Victim), Markus Proschek über Laminat (Opfer), 2019

Eintauchen” Lentos Podcast

The Lentos Podcast is a series of talks on current exhibitions with experts, researchers and artists. The topics of the podcast are linked to societal and social questions raised by the artistic positions. In the course of the exhibition Transformation and Recurrence” five podcasts with Henrike Naumann & Nina Prader, Agnieszka Pasieka, Andreas Peham, Markus Proschek and Klaus Schönberger were created.

All podcasts can be listened to here, please understand that we only offer them in German language.

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