The Liechtenstein art association Kunstverein Schichtwechsel is inviting young artists from the European microstates Iceland, Luxembourg, Montenegro and Liechtenstein to engage in dialogue and work together. Within the framework of the Collateral Event The Silver Lining they will focus on past events and question how these events have shaped their current living situations.
The exhibition’s starting point is Walter Benjamin’s text On The Concept of History, in which he describes the history of humanity as a “chain of events,” events which retrospectively take on the appearance of a single catastrophe.
His sombre view of the world is challenged by alternative views on events by young artists—events which have inspired them and have positively shaped their lives and the lives of those around them. A particular focus is the influence of coming from or living in a small country.
The artists are on site for the duration of the ten-day Collateral Event and will present their artistic practice within a programme involving round tables discussions, performances and other activities.
The exhibition The Silver Lining, curated by the art association Kunstverein Schichtwechsel, will be housed in the Palazzo Trevisan courtesy of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, also home to the Salon Suisse.
Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, Campo San Agnese, Dorsoduro 810