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Traces and Masks of Refugees


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Austria has repeatedly been a destination for refugees who were received as persecuted individuals and rejected as “aliens”. The iconographies of flight changed as a function of the respective point of view. Changing identities of an individual, their masks, and the mental bridges between “here” and “back there” become the subject of artistic creation: memories, phantasms, traces and documents.

The exhibition, curated by Günther Oberhollenzer und Georg Traska, presents works by artists, most of them living in Austria, who explore the issues of fleeing, migration and prejudice, who process their own experience of flight in different ways or refuse to accept it as a label of identification.

With Osman Ahmed, Basel Alsheakh Ali, Rania Mustafa Ali, Alaa Alkurdi, Khaled Barakeh, Jakov Bararon, István Bielik, Franz Blaha, Tanja Boukal, Sepp Brudermann und Anabel Rodriguez, Eva Brunner-Szabo, Robert Capa, Ramesch Daha, Danica Dakić, Adel Dauood, Friedemann Derschmidt, Mehmet Emir, Olga Georgieva, Rolf Gillhausen, Patricio Handl, Robert Jelinek, Anna Jermolaewa, Dora Kallmus, Lena Lapschina, Vadim Kosmatschof, Evelyn Kreinecker, Erich Lessing, Camila Lobos, Klaus Mosettig, Lisl Ponger, Florian Rainer, Faek Rasul, Zbyněk Sekal, Deborah Sengl, Alena Vadura-Bilek, Nina Werzhbinskaja-Rabinowich, Linda Zahra und / and Carl Zahraddnik.

EditorChristian Bauer, Günther Oberhollenzer, Georg Traska
TextsMonika Mokre, Günther Oberhollenzer, Barbara Pumhösel, Julya Rabinowich, Georg Traska
DesignJohanna Uhrmann
DetailsSoftcover, 21 x 25.5 mm, 192 pages, numerous ills. in color
Publication date09/2020
ISBN German Cover Edition978-3-903320-89-5
ISBN English Cover Edition978-3-903796-16-4
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