The Other (I asked my wife to blacken all parts of my body which I cannot see), 2007
Black and white positive film strips, light box
Edition of 3
The Slovak conceptual artist Ján Mančuška died twelve years ago at the age of only 39. He had a special connection to Austria: Artist residencies took him to the Neue Galerie Graz and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (Vienna), important works were created here in Vienna and can be found in the Kontakt Collection as well as in the collection of TBA21.
"Germany is not an island" - this quote is not consciously assigned to anybody, but was and is used by different personalities in different contexts. It is clear, however, that the exhibition is intended to describe the multicultural location 'Germany', a place where everyone is welcome. And a place where all the arts can develop interdisciplinary. Art often seeks the confrontation with traditional perspectives and ideas and thus opens up spaces that also call for greater tolerance, openness and reflection. It needs no social consensus, no vote, but is first and foremost free. Politically, however, she is still, and socially-promoting power also resides in her, especially when she invokes her freedom and her obstinacy.