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Places of Transition at the MuseumsQuartier Wien

In search of “possible futures”, the exhibition Places of Transition brings together a variety of art works that engage in an evolving process of producing pluralistic approaches, which, in their multiplicity, provoke an encounter on both a visual and discursive level. Furthermore, these processes of transition recur on the global changes of the last years by taking current moments of history into account. Opening 23 January 2014, 19:00 – 21:30

The changing parameters of transnational questions about common models of interaction necessitate a view on global shifts of power. While the East-West divide in Europe is drawing to a close, the power struggles in the Middle East have pushed back the hopes of the Arab spring and foster the debate on political periods of transition on a global scale.

In this respect, the exhibition looks at the notion of space as a devise for re-linking and reclaiming “commons” as an effort to engage in a critique of dominant narratives and assumptions. These reflect different stages in and of lived experiences by “looking inside him/her-self; he/she looks into the eyes of another or with the eyes of another.”

Each of the invited artists tackles the question of transition with regard to their own country and thus, the exhibition offers multiple voices, which come from different political and religious backgrounds. In this respect, the exhibition Places of Transition evokes new kinds of creative connections in order to formulate a radical break with traditional forms of representation. As a result, critical voices about the past, present and future evolve in order to create new territories of thought.

“Places of Transition” is organized in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs.

The freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL series is organized in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs and other partners from Austria and abroad.

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