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PZI: The Geography of Art

The Geography of Art, three public talks and screenings with the editorial team of Springerin magazine. Organized by the Piet Zwart Institute, in cooperation with Witte de With and TENT.

Thursday May 12, 19 and 26, 2005

The Geography of Art, three public talks and screenings with the editorial team of Springerin magazine. Organized by the Piet Zwart Institute, in cooperation with Witte de With and TENT.
Christian Höller, Hedwig Saxenhuber & Georg Schöllhammer (Austria) ‘ writers and editors of Springerin magazine for contemporary art’ will curate a series of lectures and discussions around the geography of art.

Thursday May 19, 19.30hrs

Lecture: Hedwig Saxenhuber and Ines Doujak
location: the auditorium of TENT. and Witte de With.

Artist Ines Doujak (Austria) examines the phenomena of the construction of ethnic identity and racism. She investigates the power of such patterns of thought by means of images, which create analytic models for the examination of these complex structures. Two threads can be discerned in Doujak’s works: one that is explicitly concerned with political questions and the way in which prejudices and clichés arise; and another that opposes new, strong, joyful pictures of women to conventional images.
This presentation will focus on Dirty Old Women, an ongoing project that addresses the experience and representation of elder women in our society. Doujak: ‘The experience of ageing affects the genders differently, especially regarding its psychological, social and economic consequences. In Western societies femininities are affected by age much earlier than masculinities and they suffer more from the stigma and the negative cultural stereotypes adhering to age.’ Doujak searches for images of old women that are not clichéd, engaging via a ‘Call for Pictures’ in collaboration and critical reflection with the women concerned. Workshops with female seniors have been held in Barcelona (2004), Vienna (2004) and Salzburg (2005).

Doujak’s work can also be seen in the exhibition “Be what you want but stay where you are”, which is currently on view at Witte de With.

See the website of the Piet Zwart Institute for the complete program.

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