Naming what was once unnameable & Library of Requests #4


Naming what was once unnameable (2014-19) and the Library of Requests #4 (2019) will be shown in the frame of the Wiener Festwochen 2019.

Naming what was once unnameable focusses on childhood and difference in the German-speaking context. The work will be shown in public space for the first time. The exhibit was conceptualized together with Kids of the Diaspora creative studio.

when: 13th of May, 2019, 5pm
where: in front of the Austrian parliament

The exhibition is on display until the 16th of June, 2019.

The Library of Requests #4 was conceptualized together with Schwarze Frauen Community (SFC) and focusses on empowering books for Black kids and youth. Recommendations by: Adjoa Ackwonu (Girls Group SFC), Nana-Gyan Ackwonu (Social Worker and Child Care SFC), Naa Anorkor (Facilitator of the Readwheel Library), Henrie Dennis (Founding member and spokesperson Afro Rainbow Austria – ARA), Njideka Iroh (Spoken Word Artist and Community Organizer), Philip Khabo Koepsell (Spoken Word Artist, Library Each One Teach One Berlin), Abiona Esther Ojo (Leader of Youth Group SFC), ManuEla Ritz (Writer & Educator, focus: Antiracism and Adultism), Sade Stöger (Leader of Youth Group SFC), Denise Van De Cruze (Community Organizer) und der Library of Requests.

when: 15th of May, 2019, 5pm
where: Zoom Children Museum, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna

The exhibition is on display until the 24th of June, 2019.

The projects are part of the three-part exhibition project Das Wissen der Kindheit / The Knowledge Potential of Childhood, curated by Verena Melgarejo-Weinandt, Birgit Lurz, and Wolfgang Schlag.

participating artists:
Noemi Auer, Cana Bilir-Meier Zühal Bilir-Meier, Marisel Bongola, Annie Ganzala, Magda Korsinsky, Luisa Lobo, Marissa Lobo, Daniela Ortiz, Fernanda Palmieri

I am looking forward to seeing you there!


DARK ENERGY. Feminist Organizing, Working Collectively

Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski/Aida Wilde, poster inspired by the Women's Art Library

DARK ENERGY. Feminist Organizing, Working Collectively explores feminist forms of organization and knowledge production in the cultural sector. It gives center stage to the visual, material and performative characteristics of feminist collaborative practices. It asks how these forms of organization and production are influenced by their general economic setup and what begins to sway politically in this context. Which forms of creative dark matter and knowledge can be practiced, produced, and disseminated when, where, and how?

The exhibition brings together a diverse range of efforts that tackle these questions in different contexts and times. Through the work of the participating artists, archivists, designers, and activists the exhibition provides insights from feminist, queer, decolonizing perspectives into the forces that collide with(in) art institutions and organizations.

Curators: Véronique Boilard, Andrea Haas, Nina Höchtl, Julia Wieger

Opening: Do, 28.03.2019, 19.00 h
Exhibition: 29.03.—25.05.2019
Where: xE – Exhibition Space of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Eschenbachgasse 11, Getreidemarkt, 1010 Vienna
Opening Times: Tuesday –Sunday, 10.00 am – 06.00 pm Saturday: 11.00 am – 03.00 pm, Sunday, Monday and Holidays: closed, no entrance fee

Artists: Felicity Allen; Anti*Colonial Fantasies – Imayna Caceres, Sunanda Mesquita, Sophie Utikal; Chantal DuPont; ff. Feministisches Fundbüro; Martha Fleming und Lyne Lapointe; Vera Frenkel; Anne Golden; Althea Greenan; Minna Henriksson; Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski; Annette Krauss and the shifting team at the Casco Art Institute; lamathilde; Tanya Mars; Diane Poitras; Anne-Marie Proulx; Martha Rosler; Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski; Sekretariat für Geister, Archivpolitiken und Lücken; Vidéographe; Joyce Wieland; Aida Wilde


Presentation: The Letter (2018)

Cathrin-Pichler-Archive, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna/Austria

November 7th, 2018, 5 pm

Presentation: Movements between “Black Annotation” and “Black Reduction” – Artistic Strategies of Working with Archival Material in the frame of  Violence in the Arts, UdK Berlin, 3rd of December, 2018

The concepts of “Black Annotation” and “Black Reduction”, introduced by Christina Sharpe in her book In the Wake. On Blackness and Being (Duke University Press, 2017) offer fruitful paths when trying to think about artistic modes of working with archival material that refuse to play into the spectacle of Black suffering, thereby aiming at working against the prevailing repetition of violent regimes of looking. Drawing on examples of films and visual works that were developed within the ongoing PhD-in-Practice research project The Non-Human. The Believer. The Alien  –  Unsettling Innocence, the aim of the presentation is to highlight how artistic research serves as a mode of actively challenging “strategies of amnesia” (El Tayeb, 2011).

(In English and German / Vortrag auf Englisch, Diskussion auf englischer und deutscher Sprache)

when: 3rd of December, 2018, starting at 6 – 8 pm

where: Medienhaus, Grunewaldstraße 2-5, 10823 Berlin

For complete program, location and latest information click here.