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Under the title Dialoge, the Center of Contemporary Art has established an event in which internationally renowned artists and scientists are regularly brought together to exchange their specific contributions to the complex phenomena and problems of contemporary life. The Dialoge are carried out in cooperation with art institutions in Graz under an every two years changing main theme.

Dialoge I: Art – Political Responsibility – Social Justice

The first series of Dialoge is entitled "Art – Political Responsibility – Social Justice." By doing this, the Center of Contemporary Art is setting a focus which, due to the socio-political events of recent years, is a topic of great relevance and significance. The focus will be on political conflict zones in Europe, with a particular emphasis on the developments in Ukraine. It will also include diversity, questioning and redefining concepts of identities that are closely tied to the LGBTQ+ community and issues around colonialism and imperialism.

Social justice has always been an important topic when considering the relationship between art and politics, such as when questioning and discussing images and artworks representing colonialism. Europe's role in the history of oppression becomes an issue, so by questioning these dominant narratives, artists and theorists shape a dynamic cultural approach. Theories of art, culture, discourse and (inter-)mediality are concerned with who is allowed to speak to whom, in which contexts and what effects are produced. Such ideas of having a "legitimate" voice and thus contributing to the writing of art and cultural histories are intertwined with bitter controversies about race, representation and authorship.

In this regard, the Dialoge I: Art – Political Responsibility – Social Justice deals with various ideas that provoke a response connecting to the Myth of Home & Postmigration, Trust & Intransigence, Identity, and Forms of Resistance. The Dialoge I bring selected international viewpoints on these topics to Graz in order to enable a dialogue between them. Scientists and artists deal with political responsibility and social justice in various ways and thus create innovative fields of thought, which in the course of the Dialoge should be used productively. Political responsibility and social justice are two topics that we must aim to keep within the current discourse with an effort to involve the public — as dialogue without borders.


When: May 16-21, 2022

Place: Grazer Kunstverein, Burggasse 4, 8010 Graz


Time Participant Program point

May 16, 2022: Dialoge 1: The Myth of Home & Postmigration

3:00-3:30pm Sabine Flach, Tom Engels Opening

Wolfgang Meixner

Book presentation
„Nach der Heimat. Neue Ideen für eine mehrheimische Gesellschaft“

  Marc Hill

Impulse commentary
"home, don't ask" and book review

Moderation: Elisabeth Župarić-Bernhard


Steffen Schneider

„Transkulturelle Utopie und migrantische Realität. Das Mittelmeer in den romanischsprachigen Literaturen der Gegenwart“

Moderation: Sabine Flach


Renate Hansen-Kokoruš

„Home and postmigration – theses on Southeast European literature and film”

Moderation: Sabine Flach

5:30-6:00pm Break

Djordje Čenić

Artist Talk and Screening of „Unten“

Moderation: Elisabeth Župarić-Bernhard

7:30-8:00pm Dialogue of all participants on the topic “The Myth of Home & Postmigration”

May 17, 2022: Dialoge 2: Trust & Intransigence

2:00-2:30pm Saddam Jumaily Artist Talk
2:30-3:00pm Marita Muukkonen, Ivor Stodolsky and Saddam Jumaily

Dialogue “Artists at Risk”

Moderation: Kristopher Holland

3:00-3:30pm Jasmina Cibic Artist Talk

Moderation: Elisabeth Župarić-Bernhard
3:30-3:50pm Break

Ekaterina Degot

“Whiteness and War: Rethinking European Art During Russia's Assault on Ukraine”

Moderation: Sabine Flach

4:20-4:50pm Vedran Džihić

„Between democratic (mis)trust and intransigence as real utopia - Notes from Southeastern Europe“

Moderation: Kristopher Holland

4:50-5:00pm Break
5:00-6:10pm Anri Sala

“1395 Days without Red”

Introduction: Sabine Flach

6:10-6:30pm Dialogue of all participants on the topic “Trust & Intransigence”

May 18, 2022: Dialoge 3: Identity

2:00-3:30pm Alexandra Hammond

“Boa's Repair Shop, Flag Repair”

Introduction: Sabine Flach

3:30-4:00pm David Getsy

“Abstraction, camouflage, and Identity: Scott Burton’s sculpture and other forms of queer abstraction”

Moderation: Kristopher Holland

4:00-5:00pm Alexandra Hammond

„Museum of Me“

Introduction: Sabine Flach



5:10-5:40pm Furusho von Puttkammer


Introduction: Sabine Flach

5:40-6:00pm Break
6:00-7:30pm Bárbara Wagner and Benjamin de Burca

"Terremoto Santo" / "Holy Tremor"; "Estás vendo coisas" / "You are seeing things"; "Faz que vai" / "Set to go"

Introduction: Kristopher Holland

7:30-7:45pm Dialogue of all participants on the topic “Identity”

May 21, 2022: Dialoge 4: Forms of Resistance

3:30-4:00pm Mark Nash

“Re-imagining October”

Moderation: Sabine Flach

4:00-4:30pm Yagazie Emezi

Artist Talk

Moderation: Sabine Flach

4:30-4:45pm Break
4:45-5:15pm Ryan Cosbert

Artist Talk

Moderation: Sabine Flach

5:15-5:45pm Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński

Artist Talk

Moderation: Elisabeth Župarić-Bernhard


Florian Bieber


"How to Confront "soft" Authoritarianism"

Moderation: Sabine Flach

6:15-6:30pm Break

Dialogue of all participants on the topic “Forms of Resistance”

Status: Mai 08, 2022

Translation: Sarah Magdalena Huber


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Univ.-Prof. Dr.

Sabine Flach

Center of Contemporary Art

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