Press release, Jul 19, 2021

Illiberal Arts exhibition opens on September 10, 2021

Illiberal Arts
Opening September 10, 2021
Duration September 11 – November 21, 2021
Exhibition, performances, workshops, publication
Contributors include Pauline Curnier Jardin, Anne Imhof, Henrike Naumann
Curated by Anselm Franke and Kerstin Stakemeier

Initiated with international artists, poets and authors, the exhibition and publication project Illiberal Arts is a search for forms concerning an artistic “Lebensarbeit” (“life’s work”). This concept, coined by Lu Märtens in the 1910s, acts as a highly topical point of orientation for Illiberal Arts in 2021.

The liberal capitalist world order that prevailed after 1989 is today in a stage of advanced disintegration. The collapse of this order exposes the illiberal core of its freedoms and forms of ownership shaped by the market: the violent exclusions of the dispossessed as well as the willingness of the propertied to use force. Art, too, reveals itself as the venue of these forces and their exclusions.

The artistic practices incorporated in the project see themselves as belaborings of questions of form situated at the breaking points and cracks of this decaying order and its property forms. They partially disidentify with their own art status and devote themselves to communal horizons and forms of perception. For Lu Märten, “a person’s whole life’s work” was considered artistic; what was artistic didn’t always have to become art. The exhibition asks whether what became art must remain art.

Contributors include Ho Rui An, Raven Chacon, Cut away with effects (2021), Övül Ö. Durmuşoğlu, Bill Dietz, Stephan Dillemuth, Thomas Eggerer, Frank Engster, Ciarán Finlayson, keyon gaskin, Melanie Gilligan, Larne Abse Gogarty, Nicholas Grafia, Tamar Guimarães, Danny Hayward, Johanna Hedva, Anne Imhof, Pauline Curnier Jardin with Feel Good Cooperative (Andrea, Giuliana, Pauline Curnier Jardin, Alexandra Lopez, Alexandra Mapuchina, Serena Olcuire, Gilda Star), Lisa Jeschke, Karrabing Film Collective, Aristilde Paz Justine Kirby, Anja Kirschner, Dani Leder, Rosalind C. Morris, MYSTI, Jota Mombaça, Jenny Nachtigall, Henrike Naumann, Fumi Okiji, Orakel, Cassandra Press, Steve Reinke, Natascha Sadr Haghighian, Mikołaj Sobczak, Juliana Spahr, Jordan Strafer, Sunset Open Call (Kasi Althaus, Andrea Victoria Paradiso, Elena Peters Arnolds, Denise Pinnell, Christin Rothe, Suzie Sullivan, Kathy Seitzinger Hepburn, Amy Sutryn, Rosana Van Horn, Laura L. LePere, Aude Lèvere), Ana Teixeira Pinto, Marina Vishmidt, Philip Wiegard, Kandis Williams, Simone White, Constantina Zavitsanos

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Conversation with Pauline Curnier Jardin, Alexandra Lopez, Dr. Serena Olcuire and others
Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021

Until September 19, Pauline Curnier Jardin, winner of the 2019 Preis der Nationalgalerie, presents her large-scale installation Fat to Ashes at Hamburger Bahnhof. Her new work in the Illiberal Arts exhibition at HKW builds on some aspects of this work for it was also created in collaboration with the sex workers of the Feel Good Cooperative in Rome, which Cunier Jardin co-initiated to financially support sex workers during the pandemic. In this conversation, Pauline Curnier Jardin talks with photographer and sex worker Alexandra Lopez and architect and researcher Serena Olcuire.

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