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  • Adji Dieye, Maggic Cube Atlas, 2019, digital C-print, 59 × 39 3⁄8". From “. . . of bread, wine, cars, security and peace.”

    Adji Dieye, Maggic Cube Atlas, 2019, digital C-print, 59 × 39 3⁄8". From “. . . of bread, wine, cars, security and peace.”

    “. . . of bread, wine, cars, security and peace”

    Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz
    Treitlstrasse 2
    March 8–May 8, 2020

    Curated by What, How & for Whom

    Departing from the writing of Lebanese author Bilal Khbeiz, this exhibition addresses the discrepancy between the dreams and aspirations of the citizens of the Global South—which often include the mere satisfaction of basic material needs—and those of the “developed world.” Some of the works in this show engage with the “dissatisfaction, ethnic nationalism, and violence” stemming from inaccessibility; others aim to reimagine what the future might promise. The show is important: It marks the debut of What, How & for Whom as the new leader of the kunsthalle. Not only are the Croatian collective’s members the first females to head the venue, but they are also among the first people from outside a German-speaking country to helm a major Austrian institution. I expect their work to challenge the stubborn insularity of the country’s political discourse and cultural scene.