Tímea Anita Oravecz, Welcome to the EU, Installation, variable dimensions

25.01.–23.04.2017

A Secret Rancour Notions of Resentment

With:

Awst & Walther, Declan Clarke, Dear Hunter, Elisabeth Gabriel & Daryoush Asgar, Christoph Gielen, Konstantinos-Antonios Goutos / the[video]Flâneu®, Andy Hope 1930, Francois Knoetze, Tímea Anita Oravecz, Julian Röder, Alina Schmuch und Franca Scholz, Gerold Tagwerker, Thomas Zipp

Opening: 22.01.2017, 15:00

Ressentiment (French for resentment) intends much more than a stereotype or negative image. Resentments in fact develop in the shadow of an experienced humiliation and structure the relationship between the inferior and the superior. Since resentments can be instrumentalised with extreme ease they currently serve many authoritarian or nationalistic politicians as accelerators for an international conflagration which they themselves have unleashed. This politics of resentment knows how to bring to light the blocked and repressed feelings of inferiority among the general population in an eruptive manner – and how to use them for its own ends. The energy and dynamism of this strategy is evident in the political successes of those who use it. The tactic is one of massive simplification that refuses to inquire further, formulates problems in terms of friends and enemies and automatically declares individuals who think differently to be opponents.

Obviously, artists adopt various strategies in response to these developments which are shattering democracy. While some artists concentrate on formal, art-immanent, self-reflective issues, there are others who become engaged in social or political projects; still other artists turn a critical vision toward processes of social transformation and create a form of alternative public.

The element connecting all these tendencies is an absolute freedom of art, a freedom that was achieved with great effort. The exhibition wants to bring to expression this inherent strength of art. Thus the artworks on display are far more than mere evidence of dealing with resentment. They are statements that respond to dissent – but can also “diss” the viewer – and thereby take seriously the opinions of others as relevant self-expression by thoughtful individuals.

View or download Le Bulletin №2: A SECRET RANCOUR Notions of Resentment as a PDF file

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Tímea Anita Oravecz, Welcome to the EU, Installation, variable dimensions

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Tímea Anita Oravecz, Welcome to the EU, 2016
Drawing, 29 × 21 cm, Repro: Vladimir Pavić

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Gerold Tagwerker, _riot, 2014
Aluminium, 10 parts each 98 × 70 × 15 cm Courtesy gallery Mathias Güntner, Hamburg

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Julian Röder, Protests against G8 Summit in Genoa, 2001 (I)
Chromogenic print, 110 × 72,5 cm

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Julian Röder, Protests against G8 Summit in Genoa, 2001 (II)
Chromogenic print, 110 × 75,5 cm

Elisabeth Gabriel & Daryoush Asgar, the living dead, 2011
Oil on canvas, 150 × 190 cm

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Francois Knoetze, Cape Mongo (Glass), 2013–2016
Video, 6:30 mins., production photo: Catherine Trollope

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Dear Hunter, Dear Eupen: Factors and Species of Werthplatz, 2016-2017
Drawing and text on paper, 84 × 59,4 cm

Declan Clarke, Tonight, 2004
Video transferred to DVD, 4:25 mins.

Christoph Gielen, FLUIDS DYNAMIC, 2016
Super HD Video, 8:30 mins.

Konstantinos-Antonios Goutos / the[video]Flâneu®,Brussels, from the cycle beggars, 2005–2017
Mini DV, 4:3, colour, sound, 4:30 mins.

Alina Schmuch und Franca Scholz, We can, 2015–2017
2-channel video installation