2010 II

2010 I





Pic .: One of the project parts in Ägydigasse - during the opening tour

From May 1, 2013 till May 1, 2015

Information about the locations (pdf)

Photos of the opening

Photos of the text-based artworks

A series of text-based artworks in the Graz Annenviertel.

by Kristina Leko in cooperation with Judith Laister (scientific supervision), Yemi Adesuyi Ojumo, Evelyn Ark, Yakut Benan, Martin Breuss, Bruno Depiné, Katja Fischer, Bianca Flecker, Tanja Fuchs, Ayten G., Peter Gillmayr, Michael Jabbour, Kennedy, Robin Klengel, Emir Kuljuh, Kurosch, Ali Kurt, Pinar Kütük, Claudia Leitinger, Mao Liyi, Elisabeth Matlschweiger, Aline Marques, Fatima Maria N., Wolfgang Oeggl, Anna Orgler, Piso, Angela Praßl, Hildegard Ruhdorfer, Barbara Schmid, Mustafa Seyhan, Kadir Smailovič, Heide Spitzer, Nora Steinbach, Kristina Stocker, Daniela Stradner, Karoline Walter, Katrin Wankhammer, Michael Windisch (biographical research), Joachim Hainzl, Leo Kühberger (historical research)

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The Graz Annenviertel has always been home to the working people. In the times of industrialization, the emerging working class also began to organize itself here to fight for rights and social improvements. The history of labour, and the related history of immigration have left their traces in the Annenviertel. Up to the present, the Annenviertel has remained an important quarter for immigration to Graz.

The Zagreb-born artist Kristina Leko, who lives in Germany now, has developed a site-specific series of text artworks dedicated to this subject. In doing so, she collaborated with several players: historians, cultural anthropologists, local associations and organizations as well as individuals who look back on a personal history of immigration.

The text-based artworks highlight eight locations which are historically marked by the subjects of work and immigration. Most of times there is a historical text which refers to the history of the labour movement combined with a biographical text which offers insight into the life of immigrants who live or work nearby.

The biographical research for the artworks has been conducted by students of European ethnology in collaboration with the artist. The scientific supervision for the research has been provided by Judith Laister in the framework of a seminar focusing on representational critique. There have always been several individuals involved in the production process of each text. One of the project’s major concerns has been to facilitate encounters between students and Annenviertel residents, which took place, amongst other locations, at the historically significant sights and in the < rotor > art center.

Thanks to this work by the artist Kristina Leko the history of labour and immigration is visible for the first time, and over the long term at several locations in the Annenviertel.

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Guided Tours

In collaboration with students of European Ethnology, < rotor > center for contemporary art offers guided tours for groups to the individual stations of No Monuments for Labour and Immigration.
Duration: approx. 1,5 hours; fees: regular price 4 euros, reduced price 3 euros (persons under 27 years of age, senior citizens, people with disabilities, unemployed ...)
To register email rotor@mur.at or call 0316.688306

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A cooperative project by:
< rotor > center for contemporary art
Institute for Art in Public Space Styria
City of Graz - Building Authority - Community Work Annenviertel
Institute for European Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Graz

Many thanks for their support to:
Styrian Association for Cultural Politics
RONDO - Artist Studios of the Country of Styria
Office of Cultural Affairs of the City of Zagreb
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia