ID – Cultural Memory in the Present
Gallery in the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig
– 20 January 2018
The theme of the exhibition currently running at the Academy of Fine Arts in Leipzig looks at the links that exist between culture and identity. Projects by media art and photography students examine migration, identity construction and the production of otherness, and reveal their different ways of working.
In the context of current political and cultural practices leaning towards National Socialism and isolationism, the exhibition draws attention to the discrepancy between private memories and public narratives. In this light, the terms of populism, democracy and culture are examined and what we understand today by the term “das Volk” [the people].
As preparation for the exhibition, a workshop and presentation entitled “Was ist zu tun?” [What’s to be done?] by Hans. D. Christ, the director of the Württembergische Kunstverein, were held in November 2017. He looked at the phenomena of looking the other way and apportioning blame in the current discourse on art and politics. As part of processing the exhibition, there will be a panel discussion on the meaning of the popular.
“Blicke – Regime” [Looks – Regimes], the film festival taking place in the Leipzig Luru Kino on 17 January 2018, links up with the exhibition thematically. On the day of the festival, three films will be screened that show the relationship between the individual and the dominant gaze. The following films will be shown: “Habitat” (2017) by the Academy’s Masters students Emerson Culurgioni and Jonas Matuschek, an Italian production entitled “Seefeuer” (2016) by Gianfranco Rosi, and a documentary, “Les Sauteurs – Those Who Jump” (2016) by Abou Bakar Sidibé, Moritz Siebert and Estephan Wagner, in which a refugee is the person behind the camera at the border fence.
The exhibition is organised by lecturers at the Academy.