a forest and a tree
Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
14 March - 14 April 2007


Yael Bartana, Phil Collins, Esra Ersen, Jakup Ferri, Emily Jacir, Ahmet Ogut, Sislej Xhafa

Within the last twenty years, the interest of the art world in the “other” has caused artists from non-Western cultures to highlight their identity and cultural origins and to locate themselves within that arena. Theories and practices that inflated the importance of cultural criteria assumed that racial or cultural difference was essential to empower these artists. However, attributing a different social space to non-Western artists has marked them as “others.”  a forest and a treechallenges the current practice of reading non-Western works through the filter of national, ethnic, or cultural origins. This exhibition seeks alternative interpretations of these works that are more constructive in perceiving the relationship between ‘self’ and ‘other’.

Photos by Kunsthalle Exnergasse