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Radical aesthetics and the consequences of extreme events

Curated by: Sylvia Eckermann, Gerald Nestler, Maximilian Thoman


An exhibition project at KUNSTRAUM NIEDEROESTERREICH 25 09 - 05 12 2015

and in the public space of Vienna with projects in collaboration with TONSPUR Kunstverein Wien and WUK.performing.arts


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Marc Lombardi

Marc Lombardi, exhibition view, photo: Eva Würdinger







George W. Bush Harken Energy and Jackson Stephens,

c. 1979 - 91, 4th version, 1998.

Drawing, framed. Courtesy of: private collection Robert Tolksdorf, Berlin.


Harken/Bush is one of Lombardi's most politically charged networks. Several versions of these controversial narrative structures exist with which the artist mapped out the entrapment between George W. Bush's oil export company and Harken Energy, including their association with the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein and the subsequent Gulf War. The lines Lombardi drew do not elucidate the nature of the relationship between the actors. Rather, the spectators have to speculate on the narrative structure and decode the content matter by themselves.