My Summer is your Winter
14 June – 1 August 2019
Fahim Amir, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Laurie Charles, Chris Evans, Dora García, Morten Norbye Halvorsen, Veronika Hauer, Krõõt Juurak and Alex Bailey, Fiston Mwanza Mujila
This summer Grazer Kunstverein is delighted to present a season of performances with artworks, moving image, sound, text, and workshops that explore the idea of fiction as a method or tool for understanding what it is like to be another (human or nonhuman, real or imaginary). Together with artists we think about thresholds between fiction and reality, about how fiction makes space for agency, empathy and insight, and about how we can work with forms of fiction to imagine forms of consciousness.
The exhibition is dedicated to Elizabeth Costello, a fictional character who appears in publications by the writer J.M. Coetzee. Costello firmly believes in the philosophical value of actively pursuing insight into the conscious experience of animals. The exhibition celebrates the power of fictional voices, acknowledging that listening closely for new voices in the realm of the imagination, can enable us to hear more clearly the most compelling and urgent voices in reality.
Image credit: Krõõt Juurak and Alex Bailey, Performances for Pets