SONNENLAND

Austrian Cultural Forum, New York

Sonnenland

Installation
(Film 16mm/DVD, 16 minutes, looped)

In his video Sonnenland, Paul Divjak addresses a sensitive subject. He filmed handicapped children, showing the viewer the fine line between documentation and voyeurism via a sociopolitically controversial subject. Rather than violating privacy, his camera captured the direct, playful, and authentic interaction between those involved in the video shoot.

“Videorama – Absurdity, Subversion, and Form in Austrian Video Art”
Austrian Cultural Forum, New York

Participating Artists: Renate Bertlmann, BitteBitteJaJa, Paul Divjak, Thomas Draschan, Tomas Eller, Nicolas Jasmin, Anna Jermolaewa, Leopold Kessler, Stephan Lugbauer, Rudolf Polanszky, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Hubert Sielecki, Erwin Wurm

Curators: Gerald Matt, Andreas Stadler, and Angela Stief

Videorama Partners:
Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, USA, December 1, 2000 – January 23, 2010
Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2010
Der Kunstverein, seit 1817, Hamburg, Germany, 2010
Galerie Henze & Ketterer, Bern, Switzerland, November 28, 2009 – February 27, 2010
Lalit Kala Akademie, National Academy of Art, New Delhi, India, 2010
MSU Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Croatia, 2010
Museum der Moderne/Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria, 2010
ParaSite, Hong Kong, China, 2010
Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Peking, China, 2010
Ursula Blickle Stiftung, Kraichtal, Germany, 2010
Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland, 2010

Publication: A German and English booklet (approx. 60 pp.) with 2 DVDs edited by curators Gerald Matt, Angela Stief, and Gerhard Johann Lischka for Kunsthalle Wien has been published by Benteli Verlag to accompany the exhibition.



Alpine Interventionen

4 x 5 inch

Fotoserie #1-10
(Lambda-prints, variable sizes, 2006)

Courtesy of WLV / die.wildbach

“(…) als hätten sich Minimal Art und Land Art zu bizarren anonymen Aktionen fernab der Kunstwelt verschworen, die es nun genau dorthin zurückzuholen gilt.”
Christian Höller

Publikation:
Alpine Interventionen, Hrsg. von Paul Divjak
Mit Beiträgen von: Sabine Folie, Christian Höller, Christa Kamleithner, Erik Meinharter, Vrääth Öhner, Bernhard Tschofen

Hardcover, 76 Seiten, 16 farb. Abb., 23 x 29 cm
Folio Verlag, Wien/Bozen
ISBN 3-85256-354-2


Sowing the Seeds

SCHALOM

SOWING THE SEEDS – Schalom/Shalom
Installation by Divjak/Weishäupl (Grass area, Vienna Heldenplatz)

On March 15, 1938 a crowd gathered on Heldenplatz cheered for the “Führer” and celebrated the so-called “Anschluss” (annexation) to the German Reich.

Seventy-five years later, in March 2013, grass will be sown on the field on which the masses shouted with enthusiasm in 1938. Slowly, the word “Shalom” is gradually becoming legible. Peace as a wish and a path for all people. “Shalom” as a delicate, growing symbol that must be taken care of.

In cooperation with
Österreichische Präsidentschaftskanzlei
Österreichische Bundesgärten
Burghauptmannschaft Österreich

Sponsored by
Vienna Insurance Group

(Duration: March 15th – November 9th 2013)

Sowing the Seeds