PCFS - Post Colonial Flagship Store
New opening at freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL
Pre-Opening (Press): Tue, Sep 30, 11:00
Opening: Thu, Oct 02, 19:00
Closing ceremony with a concert performance by LA VIE AN BÔ: Sat, Nov 22, 20:30
Venue: freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL
Photos of the Opening night
The “Post Colonial Flagship Store (PCFS)” exhibition project (concept: Sven Kalden and Georg Klein) showcases artworks camouflaged as consumer goods, and engages with a new, surreptitious form of colonialism. The Flagship Store is what the colonial store was a hundred years ago, offering a “cleaner” consumer world today, albeit one all too frequently based on the exploitation of low-wage countries.
European and international artists reference the colonial background of their respective countries and its impact on contemporary life. Dependence, opportunities, hopes, and issues of identity are addressed, as are global investment strategies and the migration of labour.
The works by the artists from Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America are presented as “commercial products” or as “service agencies” in a shopping mall, the modern manifestation of the general store.
For example, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy (SEN) is opening an African bank that supplies the AFRO as a counterpart to the EURO. Erik Paurhizi (INA) and Weismann+Klein (SUI/GER) engage with the colonial tradition of exploiting raw materials in Indonesia and make them “palatable” to Western customers in an innovative way. Israel Martinez (MEX) presents the soundtrack to the “Mexican Drug War”, engaging with the drug trade as a subject, its violent impact in Mexico and its business involvements with the USA.
The giant clothes of Lamyne Mohamads (CMR/FRA), which are made to Chinese patterns but with African fabrics, comment on the current massive Chinese invasion of the African continent. In turn, Mario Asef (ARG) describes present-day colonization by means of the “Argentine ant”, which has already reached the shores of the Mediterranean using strategies similar to the Spanish colonizers of olden times and has now conquered the whole of Europe. Also engaging with the Europeans is the Ghanaian agency of Gudrun Widlok (GER/GHA), which arranges the sponsorship of old, lonely Europeans by an extended African family. The project is now being expanded with young, European volunteers, who are more likely to find help in Africa than to be helpful there themselves.
The “exponents” reflect the subject of economic neo-colonialism in both content and their form of presentation. By deliberately playing with the character of commercial goods, visitors are enticed by forms of modern colonialism. Global brands often have their showrooms designed like art exhibitions — this exhibition reverses the trend and allows the artists’ works to appear in an entirely branded consumer world: the “PCFS Flagship Store”.
The exhibition is accompanied by a program of film screenings, workshops for children and young adults etc.
Exhibition concept: Georg Klein and Sven Kalden
Curatorial collaboration: Bernhard Draz and Joachim Seinfeld
Mario Asef (ARG)*, Nasrin Abu Baker (ISR/PSE)*, Bernhard Draz (GER)*, La Vie en Bô / Agnès Guipont (FRA)*, Sven Kalden (GER)*, Mansour Ciss Kanakassy (SEN)*, Georg Klein (GER)*, Ingeborg Lockemann (GER)*, Ernst Logar (AUT), Israel Martinez (MEX)*, Lamyne Mohamad (CMR/FRA)*, Erik Pauhrizi (INA)*, Joachim Seinfeld (GER)*, Signe Theill (GER)*, Steffi Weismann (SUI)*, Gudrun F. Widlok (GER/GHA)*
*Artist-in-Residence of quartier21/MuseumsQuartier
„PCFS - Post Colonial Flagship Store“ is presented in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs. https://twitter.com/postcolonial
#postcolonial #flagshipstoreOct 03 to Nov 23, Tue-Sun 13-19:00
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Wall installation at the MQ Forecourt
Location: MQ Forecourt
No English description available.
Image: © Sergei Sviatchenko
www.sviatchenko.dkApr 21 thru Dec 31, 2016, daily 00-24:00
Anthony Lister (AUS)
Wall installation at the MQ forecourt
Venue: MQ forecourt
The street-artist and former Artist-in-Residence at Q21 Anthony Lister left his mark on the construction area of the MQ facade. Inspired by the works of Egon Schiele in the Leopold Museum, he used his spray bottles to create an art piece on the 100m long wall that ties the construction site in with the vibe of MQ.
Jul 10 thru Oct 31, daily 00-24:00
Wolfgang Homola gestaltet einen Text von Michael Donhauser.
Exhibition in the Typopassage
Opening: Wed Jul 20, 20:00
Venue: Typopassage, between MQ courtyards 1 and 2
No English description available.
A project by Toledo i Dertschei
www.studiotid.comJul 20 to Nov 15 2016, daily 00-24:00
TONSPUR 71: Paul Plamper (GER): FUTURE DEALERS
8-channel sound work plus 7-part poster series in the TONSPUR_passage
Opening: Sun Aug 21, 17:00
They are here. They are from the future. And the future is African. Two Afronauts have landed with their spaceship in the TONSPUR_passage of the MQ Wien and are contacting passers-by. As historians from the future they are undertaking a study of the strange species of people that inhabeted Europe in 2016. They are researching the roots of what they call the Nation Under A Groove – the African-centered world nation of the future. One passer-by immediately mistakes them for drug dealers because they are African, and directs racial abuse at them. However as more highly developed beings from the future they are blind to skin colour. With another passer-by, they analyse the desperate attempt to construct difference. Is racial distinction in this society a fetish, or part of a primitive cult?
The Afronauts show the woman their Mothership, and give her a glimpse of the future. They explain what society in the future will have to do with the groove. Funk music is an interactive system with no hierarchy between the musical elements. The Afronauts are looking for its musical origins, which extend back to the Afro-American music of the 1970s by Sun Ra and Parliament/Funkadelic. They both ask passers-by how much they know about the first signs to appear in Europe that the future of the planet would be decided in Africa. Do we know about today’s currently developing informal parallel economies, like System D in Namibia, which avoid the power of corrupt governments and neo-colonial Western corporations? About the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Portuguese in the booming economy of Angola? The Afronauts try to find out what went wrong in our time, why Europe could develop later into the planet’s problem province.
Picture: Detail of the front cover of the Parliament album "The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein", © Ron Slenzak.
www.tonspur.atAug 22 thru Oct 29, daily 10-20:00