On the occasion of the:
57th INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION LA BIENNALE DI VENEZIA 2017
VIVA ARTE VIVA
MOTA – MUSEUM ON TOUR AUSTRIA, developed as a hybrid between museum and art work, presents “МИР – МИРУ – FRIEDE” in cooperation with the art label XXXXi̶s̶m̶ TOSHAIN/ MAKOWSKY/ CEEH (Sofia – Vienna – St. Petersburg).
The collective has set themselves the goal of sending out a message of peace to the world and has invited a number of international artists to create a slogan – among them Lawrence Weiner, Olaf Nicolai, Parastou Forouhar and Kendell Geers.
The messages are written on protective vests coated with a special black military-infrared colour. They are worn by soldiers standing in line like a guard of honour and can only be seen with a night-vision device. Using the night-vision telescope, one becomes part of the installation and the hidden artist statements can clearly be read in white writing on the black protective vests.
This performative artwork, made of people, was to be seen in public spaces in the city of Vienna in 2016 (Stephansdom, Karlsplatz, Main Railwaystation, Museums Quarter) and confronts it’s audience – passers-by, tourists and art-fans, unexpectedly in the middle of the city. A new, non-material artspace is formed. The messages of peace leave the rigid form of an exhibition area and take up positions right at the cutting edge – they pulse on the human bodies of the performers – the body as a blackboard, projection screen and placard, all at once.
Supported by Santo Krappmann and the performance team.
Dedicated to Kasimir Malevich.
Performances: 10 – 12 May 2017, Giardini and Arsenale
Artist statements by:
Burak Delier (Turkey): “FREEDOM HAS NO SCRIPT”
Kendell Geers (South Africa/ Belgium): „STEELING FIRE FROM HEAVEN“
Parastou Forouhar (Iran):” HE KILLS ME, HE KILLS ME NOT”
Olaf Nicolai (Germany): “KEINE HEIMAT”
Matthias Makowsky (Austria): “BANG“
Slava Mogutin (Russia/ U.S.): “LOST BOYS”
Ammanullah Mojadidi (Afghanistan): “GO BOMB YOURSELF!”
Iv Toshain (Bulgaria): „WE ARE THE KNIFE”
Lawrence Weiner (U.S.): „HERE TODAY HERE TOMORROW”
Anna Ceeh (Austria/Russia): „WOMAN IN LOVE – ARTIST IN WAR“
MOTA founded by: Matthias Makowsky & Iv Toshain
The project is supported by the MehrWERT funding program of the Erste Bank