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Invitation to Defense of Julia Wolf

Event Label
Organisational Units
Education in the Arts
Location Description
Online via Zoom

The Institute for Education in the Arts of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna kindly invites you to the Defense of Julia Wolf’s dissertation project Re-Visioning Histories. Contemporary Artistic Practices of Shifting Histories Based on the Works of Hiwa K and Petrit Halilaj.

The Defense Committee is made up of: Prof. Dr. Angelika Schnell (chair), Prof. Dr. Elke Krasny (1st supervisor), Prof. Dr. Sigrid Adorf (2nd supervisor, ZHdK), and Prof. Dr. Dorota Sajewska (external appraiser, UZH).

Contemporary artists focusing on history are often interested in deconstructing posits about the past and partake in shifting alleged certainties that are generally accepted today. The thesis pursues questions of how contemporary works of art reveal the constructedness of histories, what possibilities of shifting histories artists develop in their aesthetic negotiations, and what contributions they make to the discursive field dealing with how histories are currently being conceptualized, written and/or made. The artworks by Hiwa K and Petrit Halilaj engage with contemporary historical events embedded in specific violent and destructive conditions. They become subjects of a close reading and are set in relation to theoretical concepts concerned with the politics of memory, postcoloniality, postmigration and entangled histories. The analysis discusivizes aesthetic practices such as anachronic intervention or re-turning memory and their contribution to the emphatic or reparative sense of meaning inherent in histories.

Julia Wolf works as an art historian and curator on questions of history and memory politics of contemporary art as well as its knowledge practices, on performance art and its archivability, and on exhibition and display politics in the 21st century. She is a research associate at the Research Cluster for Cultural Analysis in the Arts/Cultural Critique, lecturer and project manager at the Zurich University of the Arts. She is co-founder of the peer-reviewed open access publication platform INSERT. Artistic Practices as Cultural Inquiries. She has curated projects at the Fundaziun Nairs - Center for Contemporary Art in Scuol, the Kunsthalle Winterthur and independent art spaces in Basel, Zurich and Winterthur.

Please join us for the defense presentation. The event will take place online.

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We are looking forward to welcoming you to the defense.