Curator Nicolaus Schafhausen is asking the public what coexistence means now, in a world rife with shifting boundaries, evolving societies, rapid change, the digital age and conflict. Rather than building upon the oft-polarising boundaries, the exhibition How To Live Together serves to highlight, and even envision, the change, renewal and states of transformation that occur in shared life.
As new relationship formats develop to keep up with the pace, social bonds are continually renegotiated. Works by Liam Gillick, Willem de Rooij, Kader Attia, Ieva Epnere and Taus Makhacheva, amidst a group of 30 artists total, are brought together to address, and produce, that closeness, and in turn, reveal how society is more than just the sum of its parts. By exploring “the conditions and prospects of living together in terms of individual and social dimensions,” as the curatorial remit outlines, “key factors of this survey exhibition not only include dynamics and shifts at the political and economic level, but also changing social relations.”
Highlights include Gillick’s I See that Iceland is Improving, a map indicative of the current European situation, Tina Barney’s depictions of social elites, Cana Bilir-Meier’s focus on forgotten migrant workers through film, Goshka Macuga’s android that calls for a reformulation of traditional role models, and Wolfgang Tillman’s Brexit-inspired work that “marks a counter-movement: involvement in civil society – based on solidarity and on what interconnects us – gains heightened importance.”
How To Live Together runs until 15 October at Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna, Austria. For more information visit kunsthallewien.at