Visual Arts
15. May
26. Sep
Time: Tue – Sun, 11am to 9pm
© Jim Denomie

    ‘And if I devoted my life to one of its feathers?’ writes the Chilean poet and activist Cecilia Vicuña in her 1971 poem Precarious. With this question, which the Wiener Festwochen and Kunsthalle Wien have now chosen as the title for their joint project, Vicuña counters anthropocentric and hetero-patriarchal urges with healing and appreciation, reviving the aesthetic and spiritual bonds between human and non-human entities and worlds. In keeping with these aspirations the exhibition curated by Miguel A. López reflects on the rationale of exploitation, the fast-paced mining of raw materials, and environmental destruction as a colonial legacy. It tells the story of indigenous struggles for collective survival and celebrates encounters defined by solidarity in their resistance to misogyny, imperialist violence and state oppression. Some of the contributions are a specific response to the Covid-19 pandemic, not just as a health crisis, but also as one of ecological and social justice. And if I devoted my life to one of its feathers? combines works by more than 35 artists from around the world in order to initiate in Vienna a unique conversation about power, sovereignty, self-representation, and the reclaiming of a plurality of life choices.

    A joint exhibition by the Wiener Festwochen and the Kunsthalle Wien.

    • Curated by

      Miguel A. López

    • With artworks by

      Babi Badalov, Denilson Baniwa, XIXA Bartolina, Patricia Belli, Amoako Boafo, Anna Boguiguian, Victoria Cabezas, Giuseppe Campuzano, Manuel Chavajay, Chto Delat, Rosa Elena Curruchich, Vlasta Delimar, Annalee Davis, Jim Denomie, María Galindo, Nilbar Güreş, Sheroanawe Hakihiiwe, Hiwa K, Germain Machuca, Daniela Ortiz, Prabhakar Pachpute, Amanda Piña, (Olindo Silvano) Reeshinjabe, Sandra Salazar, Shõyan (Roldan Pinedo) Sheca, SPIT! (Sodomites, Perverts, Inverts Together!), Sophie Utikal, Cecilia Vicuña, Castiel Vitorino Brasileiro, Anna Witt, Santiago Yahuarcani, Zapantera Negra, a.o.

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