Vienna - Exhibition

Come Invest in Us. You’ ll Strike Gold

HilgerBROTKunsthalle

10 Sep 201203 Nov 2012

20 Artists from the Middle East and North Africa in Vienna

Come Invest in Us. You’ll Strike Gold refers to the words spoken by Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika after being elected for the first time in 1999. As much as this was an economic promise addressed to his country, it was also a seductive wink to foreign investors. Since then, entrepreneurs have indeed honored his invitation with the heavy support of various international governments.

Based on artist Djamel Kokene‘s eponymous work, Come Invest in Us. You’ll Strike Gold scrutinizes the scope of Western, as well as Arab, economic and financial interests at stake in the MENA region, interests that the recent popular uprisings and concurrent international political gamesmanship and strategic maneuvering have only made more blatant.

The project offers diverse perspectives on how artists fom the MENA region and its diaspora reflect on the contexts, consequences and aftermaths of the various investments, transactions and contracts that have been made with and within the region. By exploring such multifaceted issues as the wealth of the territory as a whole, oil and gas drilling, militarization and the armaments industry, the flow of people and goods, real estate, building and civil engineering works, and brands and luxury goods, the works shown in the exhibition shed light on the true motivations behind the many questionable business dealings – invariably money, control and power – and, in extension, on how this is affecting the social, political and cultural environment of the entire region, as well as its inhabitants. Ultimately, the exhibition also reveals how these financial and economic dealings are impacting aesthetics and forms in the Arab World and Iran.

Curated by Diana Wiegersma.

  • Adel Abidin, Ping Pong, 2009.Adel Abidin, Ping Pong, 2009.
  • Ninar Esber, Torso, 2012.Ninar Esber, Torso, 2012.
  • Kader Attia, Oil & Sugar #2, 2007.Kader Attia, Oil & Sugar #2, 2007.

Related Artists

Djamel Kokene

Adel Abidin

Haig Aivazian

Haig Aivazian

Kader Attia

Kader Attia

Fayçal Baghriche

Taysir Batniji

Shahram Entekhabi

Ninar Esber

Karim Ghelloussi

Babak Golkar

Babak Golkar

Babak Kazemi

Bouchra Khalili

Bouchra Khalili

Majida Khattari

Ahmed Mater

Ahmed Mater

Leila Pazooki

Sara Rahbar

Baktash Sarang

Oraib Toukan

Hajra Waheed. Courtesy of Nick Brancaccio and Windsor Star files

Hajra Waheed

Sama Alshaibi

Sama Alshaibi

Curators

Diana Wiegersma

Contacts & Details

OPENING:
wed, thu, fri, sat 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

CLOSING DAYS:
mon, tue, sun

ADMISSION:
Free

ESTABLISHED:
2009

SPACE:
800 m2

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