Group exhibition “Parallax Trading”
with Eva Engelbert, Yuki Higashino, Yukari Inoue, Nathalie Koger, mamoru, Michikazu Matsune, Ralo Mayer, Fuyuka Shindo, Kanako Tada, Anna Witt
curated by Miwa Negoro (Curator in Residence, studio das weisse haus )
Duration: April 10 – May 18, 2019
Opening: April 09, 2019, 7pm
The group exhibition “Parallax Trading” presents artists based in Austria and Japan whose practices examines the formation of cultural identity, invisible boundaries, and social frameworks such as nationality, race, and gender. Using various mediums including video, photography, installation, and performance, the artists explore the current social situations by interweaving historical fragments to create a potential new narrative, trace the personal stories and memory of a place, and transform existing structures to seek new forms of expression. In doing so, the exhibition unfolds various aspects of relationality that have been shaped through the turbulence of modern history. On the one hand, an imagination of the unknown creates a fantasy, myth, or stereotype, on the other, the imagination allows us to undo dominant norms and to retell stories, ultimately to generate multiple interpretations. The transmission of narratives and knowledge keeps our perspectives vibrant and dynamic.
The title of the exhibition refers metaphorically to diplomatic relations. Trading has been constructing the complexities of today’s world by circulating capitals – commodities, labour, as well as knowledge. In the backdrop of the world of migration, cultural identification may no longer be articulated through such nation states. Diverse individuals and groups coexist within society, and dynamics of cultural encounters shape the multiple identities of a place. However, a normative production of knowledge repeatedly creates a subjective filter that attempts to identify any kinds of groups. With such changing constructs, how can we communicate with each other, and how can we stand on common ground?
The exhibition is planned on the occasion of the 150 years of diplomatic relations between Austria and Japan.