Autohistorias

Between the Interstices. A performative lecture that is a weaving of desires and a crossing of experiences, on feminist artistic and curatorial actions. In collaboration with Verena Melgarejo Weinandt. Part of Unsettling Feminist Curating: Feminist and Queer feminist curating praxis in exhibitions and museums in migration society.

"A common feminist tale says that the history of feminism began in the north of the world. That the first wave feminism occurred in Europe and in Euro-America. And so did the second wave. The third wave came with queer, third world, racialized excolonized women and corrected previous voids and erasures. Feminism is then like a sea, that bathes the world in waves, one wave, another wave. Each wave is another layer of progress for women and for the world, and adds to the history of those first northern waves."

A Look Back Into the Museum

 
Text of the lecture performance here. Photo: Sofi Utikal.


What tools should be produced to reflect on the museum as a Eurocentric space which is connected to histories of dehumanization, supremacism and multilayered violence? where a group of racialized subjects is analyzed and discussed as objects and where this cultural- production is the basis for the very hierarchic system that we face today? In our performative lecture we reflect from decolonial, queer, Third-world, Latin American intersectional identities on the role of the museum, its relation to historical wounds, and the role that the art education institution could have in breaking with historical continuities.

Performed by: Verena Melgarejo Weinandt and Imayna Caceres. Written by Imayna Caceres. Part of Unheimliche Materialien. Gründungsmomente der Kunsterziehung. At a[ -xhibit - Akademie der bildenden Künste. Curated by Elke Krasny and Barbara Mahlknecht.


Commemorations to Columbus in Vienna


This is an ongoing research of the commemorations to Columbus in Vienna which started on the 12 of October of 2014. In Vienna there are several places where Christopher Columbus is commemorated. In fact, Columbus is a figure of present relevance in Austria, that continues to be used in order to connote a positive image –as the many companies carrying his name testify.
The first monument erected to Columbus in Vienna was set in 1862, being Vienna one of the first European cities outside of Italy and Spain to erect a statue in his name. By 1862, Spain had two of its now (around) 98 commemorative places and statues. Salamanca is recorded as the first city with a monument/plaque and Barcelona the second with a portrait medallion. The main monument to Columbus in Madrid was built between 1881-1885. The one in Barcelona was built between 1881-1888.

*List of places where Columbus is commemorated:

Wahlwexel



Wahlwexel was a project addressing the strict Austrian laws in regards to voting and citizenship that is creating a growing number of inhabitants who work and live in Vienna permanently, but are excluded from voting. 



 

Nearly one million people who live, work and were born in Austria are not able to vote. Only people in possession of the Austrian citizenship who are over 16 years of age and who aren't serving a prison sentence longer than 5 years are allowed to vote. 11.2% of the estimated 8.5 million inhabitants of Austria do not hold Austrian citizenship and in Vienna that means that 21.7% of inhabitants are excluded from political participation. Through Wahlwexel, people who are excluded by the electoral law could cast their vote in the 2013 national elections. In the workshops and discussions that preceded the voting action crucial questions about democracy were collectively discussed: is the concept of citizenship as tied to electoral rights still appropriate? What's the relation between democracy and work? Does democracy merely consist in voting? What else does the right to democratic participation imply? These questions opened a broader debate about forms of inclusion and exclusion, co-determination and democracy. In parallel we engaged the campaigning parties to answer a questionary about voting rights and citizenship, the results of which can be seen here. The voting action was contested by representants from the FPÖ party who then brought into question the legality of it to the parlament. With Martin Birkner, Clifford Erinmwionghae, Hansel Sato, Fanny Müller-Uri, Manuela Power und Kurto Wendt.


Refugee Protest Vienna

Graphic work collaboration and icon vocabulary with the organized movement of the Refugee Protest Vienna, and along Katarzyna Winiecka, and Katrine Ball. The 28 December of 2012 the refugees who had marched all the way from the Traiskirchen detention center and had occupied the Sigmund Freud park for over a month, were evicted by the government and all their tents and belongings were destroyed. In the frame of Wienwoche, the Re-emphasis project (initiated by Katarzyna Winiecka and Kin Chui) took over a billboard to bring the story of the refugee movement in Vienna in the same place it had started: the Sigmund Freud park. The billboard displays a vocabulary of icons made to denounce and demand, as well as a poem that having been created by the refugees, told the story of their struggle. Re-emphasis also organized a transnational forum for refugee activists from Europe to network closer together, to exchange knowledge and bring their concerns to broader parts of the Austrian public.



Visual Vocabulary for Refugee Protest Vienna

Orange: Dangers refugees face: Why they left and what they will face if they are deported
Yellow: Deficiencies within the Austrian and EU asylum systems
Blue: Demands of Refugee Protest Vienna

re-emphasis.blogspot
wienwoche.org/2013/re-emphasis




AAAAR Artists Activists A(u)ction Against Racism



The Auction as Tool January 2012













In 2011 a change in migration laws demanded that people from third countries living in Austria had to proof they counted minimum with 8,000 euros in their bank accounts in the two months prior before they asked for the extension of their visa. We organized an art a(u)ction with close to 100 artists, and addressed renowned artists to denounce the persecution of migrants. In our performance we filled immigration papers one after another. Every time an artwork got sold, bureaucracy activated itself allowing us to plant a stamp on the papers we were filling. As the collected amount rose we revealed the sentence: "If law becomes violence, resistance becomes an obligation". In the final speech of the spectacle we pointed to the absence of an institutionalized response by the academy and we questioned the role of art in the current political circumstances. The collected money went to set up a fund that dedicated to deal with these administrative measures.
This was the first art auction at the Academy of Fine Arts organized by a group of artists, activists, students, workers, migrants with the purpose to collect money to overcome discriminatory migration laws and administrative regulations against those coming to study from countries outside of the European Union. Main Aula of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna in Schillerplatz.

Initiated by Joanna Wilk, Imayna Caceres, Miriam Raggam, with the support of Seraina Renz, Ekoj and the pcap class. Performance and art a(u)ction with Joanna Wilk, Miriam Raggam, Marissa Lobo, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Imayna Caceres. Organization support: Tatiana Kai-Browne, Daria Kirillova, Julia Tirler, Konrad Wolf, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Niki Kubaczek, Georg Oberlechener.





Your comfort is my silence January 2013






The success of the a(u)ction the prior year led the academy inviting us to repeat the action. In the spectacle 'Your Comfort is My Silence', the auctioneer is taken over by a sickness that makes her incapable to restrain herself. This condition spreads onto a group speech on the sans papiers, the refugee and asylum seekers movement and lasts all night as the auctioneer sells artworks.
The Academy of Fine of Arts invited us to organize the auction a third time but the amount of unpaid work it involved made us decline. I passed on my organizing files and data when the organizing group revealed there was a plan to give the outcome of the auction to the refugee protest in Vienna. Progressively the auction transformed until its current version.

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http://artistsactivistsauctionagainstracism.blogspot.co.at/

Initiated by Joanna Wilk, Imayna Caceres, Miriam Raggam, with the support of Seraina Renz, Ekoj and the pcap class. Performance and art a(u)ction with Joanna Wilk, Imayna Caceres, Miriam Raggam, Marissa Lobo, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt,  Organization support: Tatiana Kai-Browne, Daria Kirillova, Julia Tirler, Konrad Wolf, Verena Melgarejo Weinandt, Niki Kubaczek, Georg Oberlechener.


A guide to stay




A guide to make visible the network of support towards migrants and asylum seekers, by gathering local, political, and cultural spaces, as well as testimonies on how to deal with social workers, police harassment or any other forms of institutionalized racism. Places where to sleep, legal and asylum support, governmental institutions, antiracist work organizations, counseling for women, queer spaces, healthcare centers for migrants, political organization, possibilities for mobility, for education, locals and events for children, cultural spaces.

Bleibeführer_in Wien: Guide for refugees and asylum seekers who stay to live in Vienna, September 2012. Initiated by Erinmwionghae Clifford and Hansel Sato in cooperation with Planet 10 in the frame of Wienwoche. First edition: 1000 copies. Second edition: 1500 copies.
Thanks to Hansel Sato who invited me to participate.

The guide can be downloaded here and a search by districts can be made here.
http://www.wienwoche.org/de/121/