Joachim Hainzl (AT)

Recycled History

A curated private collection of salvaged everyday history / stories

Meeting point / Documentation / Literature

Salvaged everyday stories/history and dumped knowledge – visitors can rediscover discarded memories in a private collection housed at the festival centre.


Das ist nicht meine Geschichte!


Adolf Hitler: Mein Kampf, Band 1 & 2


08/10 – 12/10, 13.00 – 21.00

Festival centre

Admission free


German language



Thu 08/10, 18.00

The value of everyday history. An introduction to the concept of the “Recycled History” collection


Fri 09/10, 18.00

“Under the shirt.” On eroticism, sexuality and gender roles


Sat 10/10, 18.00

“We are hoping for a year of the most wonderful unfolding of German power” – Insights into the thoughts and feelings of a Nazi from Graz

Mon 12/10, 18.00

“I deeply regret to inform 
you …” – the Second World War in military letters



Sun 11/10, 13.00

How to document the history of migrants in Graz?

Discussion with Joachim 
Hainzl (AT), Otto Hochreiter (AT), 
Ali Özbaş (AT) & Maryam Mohammadi (IR/AT)

Over the past three decades, Joachim Hainzl has built up an archive of dumped knowledge and discarded memories. All parts of this random collection were disposed of by their owners and salvaged, ordered and rescued from oblivion by the private collector Hainzl. There is middle-class, conservative literature alongside post-war advice booklets, blood-and-soil tomes alongside colourful magazines from the 1960s. Personal letters, photo albums, contemporary documents, and knick-knacks bring people and their history/stories back to life.
For five days, the majority of the private collection is being transferred to the festival centre: as a personally hosted open-shelf library, as an exhibited archive in which people can browse. In readings from military letters and love letters, and in discussions visitors can immerse themselves in human fates so as to permanently inscribe these splinters of everyday history in collective memory.

By and with Joachim Hainzl

Commissioned by steirischer herbst

steirischer herbst
Project Management Roland Gfrerer

Joachim Hainzl (AT)

Joachim Hainzl was born in 1968 and lives and works as a social historian and adult educator in Graz. He is also active as a visual artist, author and curator. In 2006 he founded the sociocultural association Xenos and in the same year presented his first installation work, “Der Plan von Graz”. His installation “Pecunia non olet!” appeared the following year on the main square of Graz. Both addressed the theme of the capitalist throwaway society. Hainzl’s works are clearly shaped by socio-historical issues. From 2007 to 2009 he was programme member and co-supervisor of the archive at Forum Stadtpark Graz. He has participated several times at steirischer herbst, most recently in 2014 as co-curator of the exhibition “Am Südrand” at Schaumbad – Freies Atelierhaus Graz.