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  • Who Is Afraid of the Museum?

    Una excavación de las Heridas Coloniales (An Excavation of Colonial Wounds)

    Verena Melgarejo Weinandt

    Urban intervention, exhibition, performances

    Even before the Weltmuseum Wien ("World Museum Vienna") will again open its gates in the fall of 2017, Latin American artist are digging up its colonial foundation.

    For centuries, colonialism has helped Europe to reach its economic, political and military supremacy. The generation of Eurocentric knowledge was necessary to legitimize colonial dominance. Accordingly, establishing the ethnographic museums and collections has been an important part of the long history of colonial violence and exploitation.

    By exhibiting objects, people and cultures, and by the knowledge derived, museums have presented themselves as being "natural" and “innocent". This way, however, the violence resulting from these institutions has been concealed. Who Is Afraid of the Museum? – Una excavación de las heridas coloniales takes up this issue – based on the insight that museums are also places of death: a cemetery of robbed objects, eradicated history(ies) and destroyed societies.

    Before the re-opening of the Weltmuseum Wien ("World Museum Vienna", formerly the Museum of Ethnology), after renovation, in the fall of 2017, Latin American artist are digging up its colonial foundation. On the forecourt and the premises of the museum, the wounds of colonialism are revealed in various performances, and power structures like Eurocentrism, exotism as well as colonial fantasies are uncovered.

    At the same time, these performances are the opening event for the exhibition that is taking place on the premises of the closed Weltmuseum. Artistic works such as installations, drawings, photos, video works and sculptures form symbolic altars. 

    Participating artists: Imayna Caceres, Pêdra Costa, Daniela Ortiz, Coco Fusco, Lia García (La Novia), Ayrson Heráclito, Älexis Johñson, Alfredo Ledesma, Marissa Lôbo, Michelle Mattiuzzi, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Sandra Monterroso, Alessandra dos Santos Silva, Erika Trejo, Katia Tirado, Sergio Zevallos

    In cooperation with the Weltmuseum Wien ("World Museum Vienna").
     

    detailed program

    Fri, 25. 9., 18:00

    Grand Opening

    Weltmuseum Wien, 1010, Heldenplatz (barrier-free access)

    With performances by Pedro Costa, Ayrson Heraclito, Lia Garcia (La Novia) and Katia Tirado

    Opening times: Friday, September 25, 18:00 - 23:00, Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27, each at 10:00 - 18:00


    Sat, 26. 9., 11:30 - 16:00

    XIPE TOTEC La Piel Siguiente - El Brillo en la Negrura de Sobrevivir (Part 1)

    Weltmuseum Wien, 1010, Heldenplatz (barrier-free access)

    Performance by Katia Tirado

    Opening times: Friday, September 25, 18:00 - 23:00, Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27, each at 10:00 - 18:00


    Sat, 26. 9., 16:00

    Curator discussion

    Weltmuseum Wien, 1010, Heldenplatz (barrier-free access)

    With Imayna Caceres, Pêdra Costa, Marissa Lôbo and Verena Melgarejo Weinandt

    Opening times: Friday, September 25, 18:00 - 23:00, Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27, each at 10:00 - 18:00


    Sun, 27. 9., 12:30 - 15:30

    XIPE TOTEC La Piel Siguiente - El Brillo en la Negrura de Sobrevivir (Part 2)

    Weltmuseum Wien, 1010, Heldenplatz (barrier-free access)

    Performance by Katia Tirado
    Opening times: Friday, September 25, 18:00 - 23:00, Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27, each at 10:00 - 18:00


    Sun, 27. 9., 14:00

    Artist discussion

    Weltmuseum Wien, 1010, Heldenplatz (barrier-free access)

    Opening times: Friday, September 25, 18:00 - 23:00, Saturday, September 26, and Sunday, September 27, each at 10:00 - 18:00


     

    Dates

    Fri, 25. 9., 18:00

    Grand Opening
    Weltmuseum Wien, 1010, Heldenplatz (barrier-free access)

    Sat, 26. 9., 11:30 - 16:00

    XIPE TOTEC La Piel Siguiente - El Brillo en la Negrura de Sobrevivir (Part 1)
    Weltmuseum Wien, 1010, Heldenplatz (barrier-free access)

    Sat, 26. 9., 16:00

    Curator discussion
    Weltmuseum Wien, 1010, Heldenplatz (barrier-free access)

    Sun, 27. 9., 12:30 - 15:30

    XIPE TOTEC La Piel Siguiente - El Brillo en la Negrura de Sobrevivir (Part 2)
    Weltmuseum Wien, 1010, Heldenplatz (barrier-free access)

    Sun, 27. 9., 14:00

    Artist discussion
    Weltmuseum Wien, 1010, Heldenplatz (barrier-free access)

     

    Weblink:

    Weltmuseum Wien
     

    Pressespiegel:

    Veranstaltung Wienwoche. Wer hat Angst vor dem Museum?
    www.artmagazine.cc, 15.09.2015

    Wienwoche: Prüfende Blicke im Weltmuseum
    derstandard.at, 24.09.2015