Vienna

Rénee Green

Secession

Renée Green’s exhibition “Between and Including” was a convincing model of a retrospective, even though in some ways it was fragmentary and included only work from the past four years. What made this version of a “retrospective” so compelling was its overlapping of a whole series of backward glances. To begin with there were the works, a selection of videos and installations placed in one large room that the artist had reconfigured as a labyrinth. Then there was an examination of Green’s personal history, the question of her origin and formation as subject and artist. On top of all this was a referencing of the ’70s, the decade’s art, pop culture, and lifestyle. The latter elements were, above all, what opened up the possibility of a personal retrospective for each visitor, particularly if he or she belonged to the same generation as the artist.

One gained access to one’s own history through

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