Undead, sex maniac, bloodsucker: The myth of the vampire and the associated attributes – immortality, seduction, power – are firmly anchored in society’s collective fears and desires. In the exhibition DURST (= THIRST) the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich explores the vampirism of the present.

For guest curator Alice Wilke, this metaphor for acts of depletion and parasitic existences, for transformation and symbiotic relations represents a fundamental sociocultural phenomenon: “What drives us, how do our fears and cravings manifest? And how do we align these essential aspects of being with the everyday life that surrounds us? I see the figure of the vampire – and its main drive, thirst – as a pars pro toto of these questions and as a lasting, relevant mirror of mechanisms at work in our society."


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