We 27.5.2009 - Fr 26.6.2009


Kunsthalle Exnergasse



Freundschaft als Lebens-, Produktions- und Aktionsform

Opening: 27.5.2009

Artists: CHEAP / Vaginal Davis, Katrina Daschner, Hubert Fichte / Lil Picard, Marina Grzinic / Aina Smid, William E. Jones, G.B. Jones, Bruce LaBruce / Candy Parker, Marie Losier, Paolo Mezzacapo de Cenzo, Karol Radziszewski, Deborah Schamoni, Isabell Spengler, Dasen Stambuk, Jaan Toomik / Jaan Paavle / Risto Laius, Joyce Wieland / Hollis Frampton.

Curation and Organization: Dietmar Schwärzler, Exhibition Architecture: Robert Vörös


Friendships are not only one of the most important forms of social coexistence in every single biography; they also represent an essential requirement in the art world for cooperations as well as work and production conditions. But friendships also manifest as a way of life or as a part of subcultural community forms. Michael Foucault once said (as example) that the threat of homosexuality is not the sex one has with another rather the lifestyle one creates with another: friendships and networks. The exhibition Smell it! primarily presents artistic works that generate queer references or address the queer context within an open dialogue. Following the theme, productions from post-socialist countries will also be integrated, where reactionary and homophobic forces currently have a direct impact, and no sustained, visible queer tradition in artistic production exists.


The exhibition takes place in cooperation with the Polish Cultural Institute.


A magazine accompanying the exhibition will be published!  

Interviews with Katrina Daschner / Dorit Margreiter, William E. Jones, Rosa von Praunheim, Joao Pedro Vale / Nuno Alexandre Ferreira / Pedro Campos Rodrigues.

Contributions by: Jan-Frederik Bandel, Christa Benzer, Victor Brand, Vaginal Davis, ____fabrics interseason, Martin Frey, Sylvia Gruber, Marina Grzinic, G.B. Jones, Mario Kozina, Bruce LaBruce, Pawel Leszkowicz, Boyd McDonald, Ulrike Müller / Dean Spade, Carola Platzek, Karol Radziszewski (DIK Fagazine featuring Fag Fighters), Hans Scheirl in cooperation with house of the very island, Dietmar Schwärzler, Stefanie Seibold.