Kunst Raum Niederösterreich

THE TURN لمنعرج 18 03 2016 - 14 05 2016

SUPER TUNISIAN, Moufida Fedhila, St'art, 2011, Performance at Avenue Habib Bourguiba, Tunis

SUPER TUNISIAN, Moufida Fedhila, St'art, 2011, Performance at Avenue Habib Bourguiba, Tunis   © Photo: Moufida Fedhila

transparadiso , Faten Rouissi, Hamdy Reda, Sofiane Ouissi, Selma Ouissi, Huda Lutfi, Halim Karabibene, Johanna Kandl, Helmut Kandl, Inkman, Reem Gibriel, Moufida Fedhila, Stijn Lernout, Irena Eden, Mohamed Allam, Noutayel Belkadhi, Arslane Bestaoui, Omar Abusaada

THE TURN المنعرج
Art Practices in Post-Spring Societies

Opening: 17 03 2016, 7pm

Curated by: Christine Bruckbauer und Patricia K.Triki

18 03 2016, 3pm: Conference THE TURN المنعرج


The changes and new beginnings brought about by the Arab revolution that started five years ago in Tunisia have made an impact far beyond the Arab world. Not only have people rebelled out of anger at their old regime and out of a burning desire for political and social change; this democratic movement has also effected a paradigm change in local art practices, and artists have begun to claim public space and to act as agents of civil society.
The exhibition THE TURN المنعرج presents several interventions that took place in public spaces in urban and rural post-revolutionary Tunisia. As expressions of socio-political issues and direct social engagement, they are rooted in the tradition of the “Social Turn” (Claire Bishop) in contemporary art history.
This exhibition includes not only relicts of performances and installations, but also objects (some of which have been adapted to the white cube) and was designed by the curators with the following issues in mind: What remains of these projects, which international artists also took part in and which were largely funded by foreign institutions? Can we measure their effectiveness?
What role does art play in times of transformations?
At the conference THE TURN المنعرج on March 18 in the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, these questions will be discussed in-depth by artists, other participants, art theorists, and representatives of funding institutions from Austria, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Tunisia.
In conjunction with the exhibition a book will be published by Verlag für moderne Kunst.

Further information

  • Press release (PDF, 164 KB)