Homeland, Museum of Contemporary Art Carinthia, Klagenfurt, Austria, 2010

23.09.2010 – 28.11.2010:

HEIMAT | DOMOVINA
opening: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 7 pm

The concept of "home" [Heimat] has undergone continuous change over the years – from its original definition as a geographical region, its legally relevant significance in relation to property, through its romantic definition, from its transformation from a private to a political concept, all the way to its ideological and emotionally-charged associations – thus becoming an instrument for reflecting historical, social and psychological processes. The exhibition Heimat | Domovina is intended to initiate a contemporary discourse on the subject of "home", carrying out an appraisal of the term on the basis of works by 16 artists from Carinthia and Slovenia. The results, belonging to every area – private, social, historical, political –, show a broad, heterogeneous spectrum of possible approaches to the concept, at the beginning of the 21st century, characterised as it is by globalisation, multi-culturalism, mobility, final location and migration. At the same time, the works show clearly what "home" can signify for the individual, what problems and what advantages may be entailed, what affects the individual, presenting challenges or provoking criticism, as well as what conveys confidence and security or gives rise to nostalgia. Generally, the question raised concerns an up-to-date appreciation of the term "home", apart from its territorial associations – not least the way in which we deal with it, considering on the one hand how it has been horribly misused in our history, and on the other, how it has become well-nigh obsolete in a world highly networked and without boundaries.

Artists: JOSEF DABERNIG | INES DOUJAK | WERNER HOFMEISTER | IRWIN | CORNELIUS KOLIG |ERNST LOGAR | INA LOITZL | EVA PETRIČ | TADEJ POGAČAR | MEINA SCHELLANDER | NICOLE SIX & PAUL PETRITSCH | NIKA ŠPAN | JOCHEN TRAAR | PETRA VARL | INGE VAVRA | REIMO WUKOUNIG

 

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