Mixed media installation on Dance, Exile and Memory by Simon Wachsmuth
Exhibition Opening (By Invitation Only)
10.11.2021 (Wed), 6:30pm
The exhibition is open for public viewing from November 11 to December 11, 2021 during the following opening hours:
9:00am - 8:30pm (Mon - Fri)
9:30am - 6:00pm (Sat)
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays and on November 12, 2021 (Fri).
In his work ‘Qing’, artist Simon Wachsmuth creates an analogy between dance movement and the “body luggage” of exile and migration, inspired by the history of his Jewish family: His grandmother Gertrud Tenger-Wachsmuth and her sister Dita were both committed to modern dance. Dita was able to escape to Shanghai when the Nazis came to power, while Gerti survived with her little son in hiding in Vienna. Dita bought several silken court robes in Shanghai. After her death and the end of the war, they passed to Gerti and have been kept in the family ever since. Simon Wachsmuth turns the heirlooms into elements of a choreography. “The dance movement is transformed into a migratory movement, with goods moving in the opposite direction: courtly robes from the Qing Dynasty and Japanese cups that bring to mind the gifts of the emigrated great aunt. They require the dance movement to be carried out with special circumspection, e.g. dancing around the cups so as not to break them. The dancer dons her robes as though slipping into a new skin.” (Lotte Laub).
In two complementary collages, the artist shows images and documents from his family archive that inspired his artwork.
Qing, 2016 2-channel video projection/2-Kanal-Videoprojektion 22:30 min, HD, sound, color/Ton, Farbe Director/Regie: Simon Wachsmuth Dancer/Tänzerin: Loulou Omer Camera/Kamera: Ralph Netzer Editing/Schnitt: Karen Lönneker Sound/Ton: Jochen Jezussek Camera-assistance/Kamera-Assistent: Mathias Ganghofer Stage/Bühne: Oliver Sterzel Production/Produktion: Franziska Lesák, Julian Voß, Wenzel Wachsmuth Eine Produktion des Steirischen Herbst 2017, Graz