Happy to announce that the Archive of Gestures will be presented at
Archival Sites of Speculation: Storying the Silence
January 12th – February 11, 2024
Opening: January 11th, 6 p.m.
VBKÖ, Maysedergasse 2/28, 1020 Vienna
With works by Katharina Birkmann, Maja Bojanić, nathan c’ha, Mark Chehodaiev, Alessandra Ferrini, Onyeka Igwe, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, Ivana Lazić, Arina Nekliudova, Carmiña Tarilonte Rodríguez, Elske Rosenfeld & Olia Sosnovskaya, SKGAL (Nina Höchtl, Julia Wieger), Tsai-Ju Wu, Lorenz Zenleser
Curated by Georgia Holz and Stephanie Misa
The exhibition Archival Sites of Speculation: Storying the Silence seeks to contribute to critical discussions on the archive as a space of artistic research and the experimental methods deployed in examining the convergent and divergent histories. It creates an experimental space within which methodologies of proximity and engagement with archives can be tested and divulged. The participating artists seek to negotiate the constitutive limits of the archive. The artworks make visible what is absent from documentation and refer to the gaps in the transmission of memory, testimony or kept historical material. With these methods, historical and archival research is combined with critical fabulation to make productive sense of gaps and silences within an archive.
Participants of the seminar Working the Archive especially contribute specific positionalities to the exhibition in relation to working with the archive of the Austrian Association of Women Artists (VBKÖ) and other archives. This exhibition is a culmination the year-long research project Anonymity and Absence – Archival Sites of Speculation, supported by the Angewandte Programme for Inter- and Transdisciplinary Projects in Art and Research (INTRA), University of Applied Arts Vienna.
Friday, February 9th, 3–6 p.m.
Archive of Gestures: Becoming In/visible
A Workshop with Elske Rosenfeld & Olia Sosnovskaya