Defining one’s position in the world with precision takes more than a compass – after eighteen years of committed cultural work < rotor > now puts the pressing questions of our time to its own archives, taking a critical look at their projects and activities.
With Damian Le Bas (GB), Delaine Le Bas (GB), Pravdoliub Ivanov (BG), Nikolay Oleynikov (RU), Lisl Ponger (AT), Oliver Ressler (AT)
“Where are we now?” – In keeping with the 2017 herbst leitmotif < rotor > have been committing their work this year to a long-postponed project: sorting out their archives. This will be followed by an exhibition of artists who have had a decisive influence on the programme since < rotor > was founded in 1999, presented by Margarethe Makovec and Anton Lederer, the two directors of the Center for contemporary art.
Artist Oliver Ressler, for example, who was born in Styria and is now based in Vienna, focuses his work on questions of democracy, activism and the way we treat the environment, while Delaine and Damian Le Bas, an artist couple from Worthing in the south of England, have been dedicating their practice to the equality of Roma and, more generally, to the rights of minorities. Lisl Ponger, who also operates from her base in Vienna, assumes an extraordinary position in the transcultural discourse and is an important critic of (post)colonial conditions. St. Petersburg-based artist Nikolay Oleynikov takes up the great tradition of mural painting in what is a critical contemporary approach, commenting on social-utopian aspects in the history of ideas and in art history from an anarchistic perspective. And finally, Pravdoliub Ivanov from Sofia is part of the exhibition: with his objects and installations, he subtly questions the things of the world and presents them in a new light.
The participating artists’ diverse approaches are set to sharpen the profile of < rotor > as an institution which, over the past eighteen years, has supported a wide range of different artistic positions and cultural policies.