Renata Poljak to exhibit in France and Austria

time: 21.09.2013. - 21.11.2013.
place: France, Austria

Contemporary artist Renata Poljak currently exhibits at the 20th Sélestat Biennial of Contemporary Art from 21 to 27 September in Sélestat, France. Poljak also partakes a group exhibition Was ist Kunst?… (Resuming Fragmented Histories ) that is a part of the "Steirischer herbst" series of events in Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz on view from 21 September to 21 November.

20th Sélestat Biennial of Contemporary Art:
Nicolas Boulard, Valentin Carron, Nicolas Cilins, Jean Claus, Jeremy Deller, Sarah Derat, Goldiechiari, Tom Holmes, Scott King, Genet Mayor, Adrien Missika, Tom Nicholson, Amy O’Neill, Alessandro Piangiamore, Renata Poljak, Tony Regazzoni, Andreas Slominski, Franz West, Raphaël Zarka

Entitled “Sletto & Corso”, the 20th edition of the Sélestat Biennial of Contemporary Art pays tribute to the Sletto mythical figure and the Corso Fleuri parade. These two significant aspects of the identity of the city of Sélestat allow to explore both the differences and similarities between mythology and folklore, the heritage and the event, the perennial and the transient.

From historical sites to singular spaces, Sélestat and its surroundings offer the ideal circumstances to propose an extended and wide-opened definition of the monument, recalling that there’s some part of festive in the Memorial. Our contemporary context shows some kind of an erosion of the monumental symbolic: its meaning - in the era of globalization and new technologies - may sometimes seem obsolete, but the monument remains not less a spatial and temporal marker summoning different degrees of reading and various moments in history. If, literally, the monument refers to a sculptural or architectural work - or even to a significant part of a landscape or a literary œuvre which became part of history - it is also everything that dedicates, manifests and perpetuates the memory of an event or a person, like the ‘Schlecht’ or ‘Sletto’ - a legendary giant who founded the city of Sélestat - and the ‘Corso fleuri’ - the Spring parade of floats covered with dahlia flowers weaving through the city once per year. The “Sletto & Corso” project questions beliefs generated by monuments, in a time when their meanings get dissolved, and illustrates how a monument develops itself through time and stratifications.

Was ist Kunst?… (Resuming Fragmented Histories )
Artists: Mrđan Bajić, Vojin Bakić, Mladen Bizumić, Braco Dimitrijević, Aleksandra Domanović, Bojan Fajfric, Tomislav Gotovac, Marina Gržinić/ Aina Šmid, Ibro Hasanović, Ana Hoffner, IRWIN, Hristina Ivanoska, Sanja Iveković, Adela Jušić/ Lana Čmajčanin, Šejla Kamerić, Marko Krojač, Laibach, Marko Lulić, David Maljković, Luiza Margan, Dalibor Martinis, OHO, Tanja Ostojić, Marko Pogaćnik, Renata Poljak, Marta Popivoda, Sašo Sedlaček, Raša Todosijević, Goran Trbuljak

Coproduction steirischer herbst & Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien When Raša Todosijević repeatedly asked a silent woman the question "Was ist Kunst?" (what is art) in a series of performances at the end of the seventies, this could not only be interpreted as a particularly forceful reprise of an eternal discourse, but also as criticism of conditions in communist Yugoslavia at that time. Künstlerhaus is now taking this question as the starting-point for a situation analysis, demonstrating exemplary positions in the partly historical Yugoslavian avant-garde, from OHO to Irwin and reviewing how the menawhile radically changed territorial and cultural relations have impacted on the production of art, also in recent times. How do these changed geopolitical co-ordinates affect how gender and political difference is produced locally by art, activism and visual culture? What exactly is the social role of art? "... Was ist Kunst?" with question marks, then as now.
Curated by Sandro Drosch & Christian Egger

(D.H., 24.09.2013)