Works by Nasan Tur and Sislej Xhafa feature in Vienna Art Week’s main exhibition, Creating Common Good, which opened this week. Curated by the artistic director of Vienna Art Week, Robert Punkenhofer and Ursula Maria Probst, this group exhibition looks to how art can engage with politics and contribute to the public interest or ‘common good’.
Nasan Tur is showing the video work Berlin says… (2013), which depicts the installation of this eponymous wall painting at the Hamburger Bahnhof in 2013. It was comprised of hundreds of messages that had been graffitied around Berlin; Tur replicated these messages in red spray paint until undecipherable. The work questions the effectiveness of message-based graffiti to convey the voices of marginalised groups striving to be heard.
Sislej Xhafa’s practice examines the social, economic and political imbalances inherent in all capitalist societies. His painting keinen Müll deponieren!, which literally translates as ‘don’t drop litter’, and installation White Corneralso feature in the exhibition.
Creating Common Good is on at Kunst Haus Wien until 10 January 2016.
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