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Transformation and Recurrence
Reflections on Radical Nationalisms in Contemporary Art

24 March to 6 June 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

Online

Immerse: Lentos Podcast
from Thu 25.3.

with curator Markus Proschek
The new podcast series deals intensively with the theme of the exhibition and its contemporary references. Further podcasts with other experts on the topic of radical nationalism, its symbols and its effects from: 27.4., 18.5., 1.6.

Webinar: Right-wing actions and their images
Thu 8.4. 18.00

Prof. Klaus Schönberger (Director of the Institute for Cultural Analysis at the Alps-Adriatic University Klagenfurt / Celovec) discusses the possibility of disempowering racist and radical nationalist symbol production.
Registration at webinar@lentos.at, all participants will receive the link to the Zoom conference shortly before the event.

MemAct!: Kick-off Conference
Tue/Wed 20.4.

Online conference and workshops of the MemAct! project on linking the mediation of the history of National Socialism with contemporary racism and right-wing extremism. For mediators in museums, memorial sites, schools and in the field of recreational education and counseling.
Keynotes: Agnieszka Pasieka, cultural anthropologist with research focus on contemporary radical nationalism in Europe, and more.
Program coming soon: memact.eu
MemAct: Memory, Agency and the Act of Civic Responsibility. Developing activating methods in Holocaust Education through arts, space a media is funded by the Europe for Citizens Program and coordinated by the Art Education Department of the Museums of the City of Linz.

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