17.03.16 bis 17.03.16, 19.00 uhr

kunstraum niederoesterreich

the turn المنعرج  

Opening of the exhibition THE TURN المنعرج

Thursday, March 17th, 2016, 7pm
Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Herrengasse 13, 1010 Vienna

Conference: Friday, March 18th, 2016, 3pm

Omar Abusaada, Mohamed Allam, Noutayel Belkadhi, Arslane Bestaoui, Irena Eden and Stijn Lernout, Moufida Fedhila, Reem Gibriel, Inkman, Helmut and Johanna Kandl, Halim Karabibene, Huda Lutfi, Selma and Sofiane Ouissi, Anja Pietsch, Hamdy Reda, Faten Rouissi, transparadiso (Barbara Holub und Paul Rajakovics), Sana Yazigi and many others

created and curated by:
Christine Bruckbauer and Patricia K.Triki

The changes and new beginnings brought about by the Arab revolution that started five years ago in Tunisia have made an impact far beyond the Arab world. Not only have people rebelled out of anger at their old regime and out of a burning desire for political and social change; this democratic movement has also effected a paradigm change in local art practices, and artists have begun to claim public space and to act as agents of civil society.

The exhibition THE TURN المنعرج presents several interventions that took place in public space in urban and rural post-revolutionary Tunisia. As expressions of socio-political issues and direct social engagement, they are rooted in the tradition of the "Social Turn" (Claire Bishop) in contemporary art history.

At the conference THE TURN المنعرج on March 18, at 3 pm in the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, these questions will be discussed in-depth by artists, theorists, and representatives of funding institutions from Austria, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria.

In conjunction with the exhibition a book will be published by Verlag für moderne Kunst .