On two Tuesdays (28.9. and 5.10.) the HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark organizes special tours for educators, each at 5 pm. You are also welcome to visit us personally with your school class during our opening hours for a tour. Please contact our staff member Tobias Ihl by phone or e‑mail to make an appointment. (email@example.com, or by phone: +43 316 740084).
The HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark opens two new exhibitions with Kevin Jerome Everson and Doreen Garner, which focus on the work of African-American artists (duration: 2.9. — 14.11.). In doing so, we would like to tie in with social issues in the exhibition space that have gained renewed urgency with the Black Lives Matter movement. Together we want to try to understand the perspectives of black people in their complexity without simplifying.
Black people are foregrounded in the film works of artist and experimental filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson. Everson often shows them as part of their work culture and performing everyday activities. In doing so, the artist and filmmaker avoids clear-cut situations and rash judgments. The focus is on a questioning and searching gaze that seeks to substantiate what the everyday experiences of different Black communities consist of. Everson’s films raise, among other questions, “From what specific perspective do we see the world?”
At the same time, there is a lot of variety in the exhibition of Doreen Garner. Here, there are sculptural works by a young New York artist that resemble pieces of meat and show the black body exposed and violated. Garner illuminates the consequences of colonial violence and racism by bringing to light a dark chapter in American history and exposing how black bodies have been exploited and dehumanized by the medical system. Doreen Garner’s exhibition makes us aware of how historical events and institutions are implicated in racism — and how to resist it.