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  • WHO WAS 1968?
    28 Sept 2018 − 13 Jan 2019

    LENTOS Kunstmuseum WHO WAS 1968? Art, Architecture, Society Curated by: Hedwig Saxenhuber, Georg Schöllhammer Loans by Kontakt from: Heimrad Bäcker, Stanisław Dróżdż, VALIE EXPORT, Stano Filko, Běla Kolářová, Július Koller, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević and Goran Trbuljak A decade of eruptions, departures and redefinitions in the steel city Linz. The year I968 marks a turning point that ushered in a new era. Across Western Europe and in the United States Student protests and workers’ revolts called into question the post-war power structure itself, while Soviet tanks bulldozed the Prague Spring into the ground and signalled the end of the hope that the Eastern Bloc would open up to the West. This exhibition harks back to the echoes of I968 in Linz and Upper Austria. Embracing the arts, architecture, music, film and literature, it unfolds for the first time a synoptic map on which key figures and moments of local history – some largely unknown to this day – are accorded a place. It enables visitors to embark on exploratory trips and to survey the rich fabric of relationships and linkages that includes points of contact with international scenarios and trends. Experiments in the aesthetic field were begun with a view to escaping from the cultural stuffiness of the first two post-war decades. The participating artists include: Claudia von Alemann, Ant Farm, Heimrad Bäcker, Josef Bauer, Bill Bollinger, Dietmar Brehm, Gerd Conradt, Waltraut Cooper, Stanisław Dróżdż, Erró, VALIE EXPORT, Harun Farocki, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Stano Filko, Helmuth Gsöllpointner, Timo Huber, Johann Jascha, Martha Jungwirth, Gülsün Karamustafa, Gerhard Knogler, Běla Kolářová, Juliús Koller, Peter Kubelka, Zofia Kulik, KwieKulik, Maria Lassnig, Fritz Lichtenauer, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Josef Nöbauer, OHO, Yoko Ono, Gina Pane, Friederike Pezold, Cora Pongracz, Chris Reinecke, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, Zorka Sàglovà, Dominik Steiger, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević, Goran Trbuljak, Tucumàn Arde, Jiřì Valoch, Agnés Varda, Peter Weibel, Hannah Wilke, Jana Želibská, Želimir Žilnik, Zünd-Up http://lentos.at/html/en/4747.aspx

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Erzen Shkololli

The works of Erzen Shkololli address the traumata of the Kosovo war as well as the fate that many of his fellow citizens have had to cope with since the 1990s. Though many inhabitants of former Eastern Europe believed in the long-anticipated process of liberation that began in 1989, Serbian leader Slobodan Milošević revoked Kosovo’s status as an independent province of Serbia during the same year and crushed the people’s hope. The repression of Albanians, that province’s largest ethnic group, led to the formation of the Kosovo Liberation Army and an insurgency which Milošević beat down in 1998, forcing 800,000 ethnic Albanians to leave their homes. A three-month NATO bombing campaign in 1999 compelled Milošević to back down. Even today, Serbia still does not recognize Kosovo’s independence, which was first claimed in 1991.

In his photo and video works, Shkololli works with traditional folkloristic and ethnic tools and rituals that people still carry out, albeit always with a (post-)war metaphor in mind. Shkololli’s backdrops are often sites affected by the Kosovo war, and these produce a distancing effect in the beholder. Dilapidated or destroyed houses, ruins, and the remnants of a past life are juxtaposed with moments of extreme beauty under extraordinary conditions, giving rise to an overall impression of collages of the unreal. 

Beginning in 1999, the war zone was controlled by the UN Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK), which was stationed in the country until 2005. This transitional phase brought to the fore the shattered dreams of an entire decade, but also a longing for a brighter future, both of which lie at the core of Shkololli’s artistic reflections. Various realities of the past, the present and the future intermingle so as to comment on the state of a nation whose independence as a republic has been recognized by over 85 countries since 2008. Shkololli poetically recounts stories about dreams, desires, and the belief in a country where questions of belonging have been among the most prevalent issues for more than a decade and, today, continue to be so.

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1976, Peja / KO, at that time Jugoslavija

Erzen Shkololli is an artist and curator. Furthermore is he co-founder of EXIT Contemporary Art Institute in Peje (Kosovo). Shkololli studied at the Faculty of Arts in Prishtina (Kosovo). In 2001 he was awarded the “Premio Michetti Prize of the Fondazion Michetti di Francavilla al Mare” (Italy).

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