“Viewpoints on Folklore” presents artistic work of contemporary artists from Austria to visualize the concept of folklore. The exhibition features installations, photographs and video material arranged and produced by Austrian artists such as Johanna and Helmut Kandl, Sascha Reichstein and kozek hörlonski + Sir Meisi.
Since the term folklore is often misunderstood nowadays, art historian and curator Claudia Marion Stemberger sets out to bring clarification: Especially Austria (German-speaking countries in general) offers a wide range of diverse traditions with historical sagas, crafts, masks and calendars.
The above-mentioned artists focus on folk-songs, customs and traditional costumes related to Austrian culture and tradition. The exhibition will question the artistic authenticity of traditions & folklore and demonstrate whether these have accustomed to the present times already.
The exhibition “Viewpoint on Folklore” can be seen at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London from 12 June till 30 August 2013.