HALLE FÜR KUNST Styria is pleased to present the so-called Panther Residencies as part of its new program. Named after the dazzling mythical creature and heraldic animal of Styria, the program unites two grants for artists whose practice is in the field of contemporary art.
The focus is on the annual promotion of one international and one outstanding local position. In close exchange with the HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark, the guests are provided with project-specific support for their artistic work. In the course of the residencies, a new work will be produced through research and exchange with local protagonists, which will be presented within the diverse exhibition program.
In the context of the group exhibition Domestic Drama, HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark awards a production and work grant to a local artistic position.
The exhibition, curated by Cathrin Mayer, is dedicated to the home, which is put to the test by the ongoing global crisis triggered by the Corona Pandemic. The home is transforming from a place of retreat to a permanent site of production, where, among other things, the boundaries between paid and care work are disappearing and the conflicts that formerly took place outside are being played out inside the private sphere. Long before the crisis described above, the home was a contested bastion in which many conflicts intrinsic to culture, such as gender issues, come to light.
Domestic Drama, in which works by various generations of artists are shown, creates a specific narrative about that home and places the interior, i.e. the architecture of the home and the objects that often casually exist within it, at the center of attention. The exhibition is composed of new productions, site-specific works and already existing works that are located in the field of sculpture and transform the great hall of the building into a stage-like setting.
The term Domestic Drama, which lends the exhibition its title, was first used by architectural theorist Beatriz Colomina in the 1992 essay The Split Wall: Domestic Voyeurism. In this essay, Colomina devotes herself to architectural concepts of the living space, which in their design create stage-like situations and equally allow the subjects and objects located therein to become the protagonists of a “domestic drama.”
In relation to the exhibition, the psychological dimension resonating in the term interior is particularly interesting, since the interior of a house is often perceived as a symbol of the characters living in it. Thus it offers the opportunity to reflect on economic, social and ideological mechanisms that shape our private sphere. As points of reference, not only the reflections of Beatriz Colomina play an important role here, but also the reflections of the feminist scholar and theorist Sara Ahmed, who, among other things, has decisively influenced the discourse around the so-called “affective turn,” which deals with emotionality from a cultural and gender-theoretical perspective.
HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark is pleased to accept applications in the form of a meaningful portfolio and cover letter until May 30, 2021. The call for applications is addressed to artists who are connected to the city of Graz and/or the wider region.