Things we sense about each other
07 May - 04 Jul 2021
The Badische Kunstverein serves as the hub of a wide-ranging exhibition, research, and events project that focuses on images and counterimages of Europe. The exhibition "Things we sense about each other" features 21 international artists, and is realized collectively by a group of curators from Baku, Bucharest, Karlsruhe, Kiev, Krasnodar, Minsk, Poltava, Prague, Sarajevo, Vienna and Yerevan. The second chapter of the project is a travelling academy planned under the title "Things we share with each other". The academy will start in June 2021 and will be located in various cities of the collaborators. The project is initiated in close cooperation with tranzit.at from Vienna; it is designed as a trans-European network and an invitation for a long-term dialogue.
The exhibition showcases artistic works that critically address divergent perspectives of an emancipatory and democratically conceived Europe, something that is being called into question along the margins (but also at the center) to an increasing degree. The artists explore the significance of objects or things which – depending on who interprets them, who claims them, and who resists their putative meanings – are the bearers of divergent and often antagonistic attributions of identity. Integrated into the exhibition alongside the art projects will be a number of such conflictual objects themselves, which symbolize diverse ideas and visions of Europe from various political, cultural, and social perspectives. Whether everyday objects, political symbols, texts, or cryptograms, these semantically charged things act as antagonistic but also mediating and conciliatory artifacts in a dialogue between a multiplicity of European societal and cultural constellations. The participating artists expose the problematical status of these things to full view, at the same time investigating the transformative potential of a history that is embodied in objects.
The exhibition is being curated and organized by: Larissa Agel, Damir Arsenijevic, Anja Casser, Yvonne Fomferra, Leyli Gafarova, Michaela Geboltsberger, Veronika Janatková, Anna Karpenko, Eva Khachatryan, Serhiy Klymko, Georg Schöllhammer, Raluca Voinea, ZIP Group
Things we sense about each other takes place in the context of the 25th European Culture Days 2021 in Karlsruhe.