Art under Conditions of Political Repression 60s-80s / South America / Europe
Subversive Practices devotes itself to experimental and conceptual art
practices that had become established between the nineteen-sixties
and eighties in Europe and South America under the influence of
military dictatorships and communist regimes. The exhibition, comprising
more around eighty artistic positions, has been developed
by a team of thirteen international curators in close collaboration with
the Kunstverein over a two-year process.
The exhibition's nine sections will be focused on various contexts and
strategies of artistic production along with their positioning vis-à-vis
political and cultural repression in the GDR, Hungary, Romania, the
Soviet Union, Spain, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, and Peru. Of equal concern
here are both the particularities of and the relations between the
different temporal and local environments.
The exhibition undertakes the experiment of a shifted cartograph and
an extended understanding of conceptual art, which has become established
well beyond the Anglo-American canon. In this respect, the related interdisciplinary, collaborative, and sociopolitical potentials are
particularly emphasized-that is, the paradigm shifts between visual
arts, politics, society, academia, architecture, design, mass media,
literature, dance, theater, activism, and so forth, which have been
educed by these potentials.
Furthermore, the focus is on artistic practices that not only radically
question the conventional concept of art, the institutions, and the
relationship between art and public, but that have, at the same time,
subversively thwarted structures of censorship and opposed the
existing systems of power. Here, body, language, and public space
represent the pivotal instruments, of resistance, symbolic and performative
in equal measure. The appropriation of media and distribution
channels-especially the postal service-has in turn played a distinctive
role in the establishment of the widely ramified networks between (Eastern) Europe and Latin America.