Re:Present is an exhibition project of the Calle Libre Street Art Festival in cooperation with Weltmuseum Wien. Activists and artists – from the street art scene and beyond – take a stand on topics such as racism, colonialism, and how to represent oneself and others in the galleries of the Weltmuseum Wien.
The cooperation between Calle Libre and the Weltmuseum Wien opens dialogue and fosters critical self-reflection about the collection and the museum. The project encourages us to deal with our past and our present to play a responsible role in the future of our society.
About the exhibition
Re:Present is the theme of the Calle Libre Street Art Festival 2021. Together with the Weltmuseum Wien, the festival aims to create a platform for artistic discourse about the legacy of colonialism and its consequences for the countries affected by the exploitation of their (human) resources. With this exhibition project, Calle Libre and the Weltmuseum Wien wish to facilitate dialogue by inviting artists and activists to contribute critical voices and empowerment initiatives to the exhibition.
The artworks, some of which will be created directly on the walls of the museum’s galleries, link to other works in public spaces that were created in the Calle Libre Festival in 2021 and in previous years. Eleven artistic positions by international artists and photographers will be on display at the Weltmuseum Wien. The artworks aim to promote honest dialogue on difficult topics inside and outside the museum.
The exhibition is based on the assumption that, as a consequence of growing polarisation in society, it is becoming more important to examine the heterogeneity of our shared pasts. Many of today’s social fault lines are rooted in our colonial past, in cultural appropriation, and in the subjugation of collective memories. Europeans have been constructing and passing on skewed representations of identities, cultures, and peoples for far too long.
The poster visual of the special exhibition Re:Present is an abstracted image of a Black man raising his fist, based on a picture by the Viennese photographer Angelo Kreuzberger. The photograph is part of his portrait series depicting members of Vienna’s POC community, in which those in the picture decided how to present themselves, their posture and their body language. The raised fist serves not only as a symbol and fighting stance of the current Black Lives Matter movement but also of political and social movements in the past.
The Calle Libre Festival 2021
The 8th edition of the Calle Libre Festival will take place in Vienna from 2 to 7 August 2021. Through various artworks in public spaces and the Weltmuseum Wien, international and local artists will present new visual worlds and novel patterns of interpretation of their socio-cultural realities and collective memories. Specifically, this edition’s artworks aim to foster honest dialogue, overcome stereotypes shaped by art history, and come closer to the deconstruction of hegemonic imagery.
ROSSEL CHASLIE (with Tonica Hunter & Vanessa Spanbauer)
Illustrations on wall
JU MU MONSTER
Live Painting auf Wand
Live Painting on wall
Live painting on wall
More information on the participating artists in the exhibition folder as well as the WMW website: https://www.weltmuseumwien.at/en/exhibitions/represent/#participating-artists
The exhibition will be accompanied by an extensive programme of guided tours, workshops, talks and panel discussions