2 December 2011 - 4 March 2012
Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborg Sweden
Victims and martyrs are in constant media focus. Every day there are reports of oppression, injustices and conflicts. But are these concepts not in themselves inextricably linked with the notion of victimization and, by extension, potentially also, martyrdom?
The exhibition Victims and Martyrs examine the complexity and internal contradictions of this conceptual framework. The exhibiting artists interpret, activate and stage the landscape where victimization and martyrdom takes place. Boundaries between victims and perpetrators dissolves and the premises that maintain and reproduce these roles are scrutinized.
How come some people are elevated to martyrs by some and regarded as terrorists by others? How do we relate to offenders who themselves are victims, and, vice versa, to victims when they also prove to be perpetrators? Why do some get such recognition after their deaths, while others at most, becoming a figure in the statistics?
Anita & Anita (Annika von Hausswolff and Lotta Antonsson), Conrad Botes, Juan Manuel Echavarría/Fundación Puntos de Encuentro, Runo Lagomarsino, Rabhi Mroué, Tanja Ostojic, Ruti Sela & Maayan Amir, Magnus Thierfleder and Artur Zmijewski