A year of art-research supports these site-specific interventions and will contextualise the exhibition as a blog and book publication. This blog is the basis for this publication, a point of exchange for our artistic processes, and a resource for our cultural translations of Mexico for the Vienna Zocalo.
Vienna Zocalo is developed over the course of 2010-2011 in the Department of Fashion and Styles at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. The work has been developed during three different classes in the Department of Fashion and Styles, focussed on the Project (co-taught by Ruby Sircar and Khadija Carroll La); Editorial and Curatorial Practices (Sabina Muriale); Research and Fieldwork (Khadija Carroll La).
The purpose of the exhibition Vienna Zocalo is to develop textile art as a postcolonial strategy and to curate the individual works of the artists into a group show. The students look to engage with Mexican postcolonial discourse by interrogating the brief Austrian colonial history in Mexico.
In May 2011 Vienna Zocalo will be presented in Galería Carlos Fuentes in Xalapa, Veracruz, at the International Biennial of Contemporary Textile Art. In June 2011 it will be presented in Austria. The Department of Fashion and Styles, directed by Elke Gaugele and Elisabeth Freiss, focuses on fashions, clothing and styles as material and visual everyday culture. Fashions and styles are analysed as technologies that produce subjects acting in social, political, and gender-specific performances.
The exhibition is curated by Ruby Sircar, Khadija Carroll La, and Sabina Muriale, alongside the team of students, which includes Stephanie Böhm, Marlies Brommer, Veronika Burger, Oliver Cmyral, Elena Cooke, Amy Croft, Veronika Geiger, Eva Greisberger, Claudia Harich, Aino Emilia Korvensyrjä, Verena Krems, Katharina Luksch, Luiza Margan, Martin Martinsen, Johanna Meßner, Stephanie Misa, Aki Namba, Diana Nenning, Katharina Petru, Miriam Raggam, Julia Riederer, Veronika Schramek, Julischka Stengele, Marianne Sorge, Mario Strk and Klemens Waldhuber.