…of bread, wine, cars, security and peace, 08 Mar 2020 — 08 May 2020

…of bread, wine, cars, security and peace

A group exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien sustaining and improving human life

Curated by What, How & for Whom / WHW, group exhibition “…of bread, wine, cars, security and peace” is being held at Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier, Vienna, running March 8 – May 8, 2020. The title of the exhibition quotes Bilal Khbeiz, a Lebanese author who mused over some of the things that made the difference between the dreams of people in the Global South and the West. For Khbeiz, this list – bread, wine, cars, security and peace – defined an idea of “the good life” that was unattainable for much of the world. Almost two decades later, it seems that these basics begin to escape more and more people living in places where they were once taken for granted: climate change puts the continuation of life on earth under question; ecological destruction gathers pace; faith in the benevolence of capitalism was broken by the 2008 crash, and its horizon of slow global improvement and trickle-down benefits is steadily evaporating.
Here, the artists and artworks on show seek to rethink “the good life,” both as a collective and individual experience. The exhibition posits artistic subjectivity as a place where one can imagine abandoning the fatal dialectic of modern capitalism—and think beyond it. There are already many moral, ecological, and scientific arguments for organizing our economies more fairly and they are becoming increasingly realizable. Degrowth, as one example, is not only a principle that stands for an ecologically sustainable world economy governed by human needs. It also looks for tangible ways to celebrate the richness of the planet and all of its life forms.

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