für bildende Kunst
Symposium: Learning Place: SOLIDARITY. 50 years of ›new society‹Sunday, 23 June 2019
Open: See announcement*
Organized by: neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
Four symposia, so-called ›learning places‹, turn the spotlight on critical issues arising from the underlying principles, methods and ethics of work in the arts and cultural sector, and of activism in the arts context. Guests and other participants pursue in-depth exchange in a participatory and non-hierarchical setting. Past nGbK projects serve as a springboard for discussion of collective, artistic and activist strategies that are fit for the future. Participants are welcome to put up for debate their own project proposals and methodologies. Members tell of past experiences and experts analyse nGbK projects in order to reassess the work of, and at, the nGbK, in the broader context of politics and the arts.
The learning place SOLIDARITY analyses endeavours undertaken at the nGbK to act in alliance and solidarity with institutions and actors, worldwide. Time after time, projects here have forged links with international political and artistic movements by adopting clear positions on left-wing civil rights and workers’ liberation campaigns, protest actions and radical social change. Likewise in Germany, the association has repeatedly lent its support to solidarity campaigns, alliances and public statements.
To what extent did revolt and revolution in Latin America or Eastern Europe serve the declaredly left-wing association as a locus of longing? How did its projects seek to overcome the class barriers and North-South hierarchies endemic to the (bourgeois) art world? What did its members project onto the places and struggles they allegedly wanted to support? And what was the relationship between the left-wing association’s ›politicos‹ (political faction) and artistic faction?
Drawing on selected projects such as »35 Künstlerinnen aus Mexiko« (1981), »Cirugía Plastica. Konzepte zeitgenössischer Kunst, Chile 1980–1989« (1989) and this year’s jubilee exhibition, the scope and impact of these fleeting alliances on the association’s structure and its degree of (non-) accessibility will be assessed. The symposium will further explore the extent to which invited artists and partners elicited new perspectives on art and political discourse within the association.
With contributions from Paz Guevara, Jens Kastner, Justo Pastor Mellado, Nihad Nino Pušija, Matthias Reichelt, Aykan Safoğlu, Jelena Vesić
The exhibition part of the project »50 Jahre neue Gesellschaft« runs at the nGbK from 22 June to 4 August 2019.
The other learning places are RESEARCH (23 June) WORK (20 July) DESIRE (3 Aug)
nGbK project group: Christian Hanussek, Ulrike Jordan, Hannah Kruse, Vincent Schier, Olga von Schubert, Eylem Sengezer, Anna Voswinckel