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Opening | 28.03.2019, 7.00 p.m.
Exhibition duration | 29.03.2019 - 25.05.2019
Venue | xE – Ausstellungsraum der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Eschenbachgasse 11, Ecke Getreidemarkt, 1010 Wien

Curators: Véronique Boilard, Andrea Haas, Nina Hoechtl, Julia Wieger


Posters from the Women’s Art Library in the exhibition Empowered Printwork, 310 NXRd, Goldsmiths, University of London (part of Radical New Cross, 2015), photo: Will Cenci


Like the universe, the realm of cultural production consists mostly of dark energy and matter.[1] These invisible masses and movements form from, among other things, spontaneous amateurish, autonomous, activist, self-organized, collective practices that play an important part for feminist cultural work. This is also a matter of the unpaid or underpaid work of those who deliberately shun visibility or have no choice but to remain invisible. It is the invisible dark energy that keeps the cultural scene operating.

The exhibition explores feminist forms of organization and knowledge production in the cultural sector. It gives center stage to the visual, material, and performative characteristics of feminist collective or collaborative practices and asks how these forms of organization and production are influenced by their general economic set-up and what begins to sway politically in this context. Which knowledge can be practiced, produced, and disseminated when, where, and how?

These issues are dealt with from feminist, queer, and decolonial perspectives in the works and approaches related to each other in the presentation: site-specific works on the new xhibitE space of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in Eschenbachgasse, archival researches and works of art on the Kiila (Finnish for “wedge”) Association of Artists and Writers in Helsinki, the Women’s Art Library in London, the feminist art space La Centrale in Montréal, and the Austrian Association of Women Artists in Vienna, a long-term project on the subject of work at and with the Casco Art Institute in Utrecht, and two projected interventions into the structures of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

[1]  Gregory Sholette, Dark Matter. Art and Politics in the Age of Enterprise Culture (London: Pluto Press, 2011).