Graz

“Routes”

Grazer Kunstverein

“Man is a story-making animal. He rarely passes up an opportunity to accompany his works and his experiences with matching stories.” Chinua Achebe, a seminal figure in postcolonial literature, thus sounds the keynote: The theme for this exhibition was storytelling as politically relevant medium. Christian Kravagna’s curatorial vision lit upon eight artists who deconstruct narrative models or spin surprising stories on the theme of travel and migration. What effect has global mobility had on the visual repertoire of the present? Who are these new “nomads,” and what sends them on their way? How can the reality of whole populations swarming across the planet, not always exactly voluntarily, be translated into images? Terror, war, and poverty create unwilling globetrotters, while self-imposed dislocation has been explained by Stuart Hall, the doyen of cultural studies, in more casual terms:

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