Historiography is a matter of negotiation, with nationalism or imperialism all too often gaining the upper hand. An exhibition about alternative drafts.
Mit bankleer (DE), Yevgenia Belorusets (UA), Dante Buu (BA), Kiluanji Kia Henda (AO/PT), Jakob Lena Knebl / das_em (AT), Marina Naprushkina (DE/BY)
Curated by Anton Lederer (AT) & Margarethe Makovec (AT)
The interpretation of historical events is subject to constant change. The way we assess and estimate the past is above all the result of political and social conditions. The change of regimes can lead to a totally different understanding – or even a completely new definition – of history. Accordingly, like all social agreements, history is a construction that is subject to constant renegotiation and passing down.
The artists critically scrutinise this legacy, unwilling to blindly perpetuate what would seem to be firmly established: “That’s Not My History!” What was formulated in certain circumstances in the past is now being reformulated so as to enable future generations a new interpretation. The works demonstrate that their authors are in opposition to those historiographies defined by nationalism, imperialism, xenophobia or sexism. Here, artists become a civil movement engaged in resistance by means of art.