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Victims and Martyrs

Goteborg Konsthall, Goteborg

The exhibition examine the complexity and internal contradictions of this conceptual framework. The exhibiting artists interpret, activate and stage the landscape where victimisation and martyrdom takes place. Boundaries between victims and perpetrators dissolves and the premises that maintain and reproduce these roles are scrutinized.

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Participating artists
Anita & Anita (Annika von Hausswolff and Lotta Antonsson), Conrad Botes, Juan Manuel Echavarría/Fundación Puntos de Encuentro, Runo Lagomarsino, Rabhi Mroué, Tanja Ostojić, Ruti Sela & Maayan Amir, Magnus Thierfleder and Artur Żmijewski

Curators Anna Johansson and Aleksander Motturi

Victims and martyrs are in constant media focus. Every day there are reports of oppression, injustices and conflicts. But are these concepts not in themselves inextricably linked with the notion of victimisation and, by extension, potentially also, martyrdom?

The exhibition Victims and Martyrs focuses on the concepts' complexity and inner contradictions, which frequently leads to the break-up of the borders between victims and perpetrators. The participating artists interpret, activate and stage the landscape in which victimisation and martyrdom take place. A number of interventions focus the conditions that make it possible to maintain and reproduce the roles today.

How come some people are elevated to martyrs by some and regarded as terrorists by others? How do we relate to offenders who themselves are victims, and, vice versa, to victims when they also prove to be perpetrators? Why do some get such recognition after their deaths, while others at most, becoming a figure in the statistics?

Information and press coordinator
Irmelin Joelson, phone: +46 (0)31-368 34 55, email:

Opening Friday 2 December, 5-8pm

Approx. 6pm, welcome by Mikael Nanfeldt, director. The curatorial team Anna Johansson, Göteborgs Konsthall, and Aleksander Motturi, Clandestino Institut, makes an introduction to the exhibition, the project and the theme. Music during the evening by DJ Dimitrios K .

Exhibition information
This exhibition is the second part of the project Victims and martyrs and has been realized through a collaboration between Göteborgs Konsthall and Clandestino Institut.

Göteborgs Konsthall
Götaplatsen 412 56 Göteborg Sweden
Tuesday - Thursday 11.00-18.00 CET
Wednesday 11.00 - 20.00 CET
Friday - Sunday 11.00-17.00 CET
Monday closed
Admission free

Anthony Marcellini
dal 24/1/2013 al 16/2/2013

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