Rainer Ganahl Artist Talk
Special talk event as part of the Scapegoat Society exhibition at Guest Projects curated by Norn Projects & Mark McGowan.
2009







Rainer Ganahl’s work probes freedom of speech, censorship, and the relativity of truth in media representations of current events. He explores the outcomes of cultural prejudices and stereotyping, political bias and the danger of the increasingly repressive measures that protect ‘homeland security’ in the so-called ‘war on terror’.

Ganahl is concerned with communication and educational systems, the politics of learning, the production of knowledge and the political role of the intellectual in the modern world. A major part of Ganahl’s practice since the 1990s has been the study of foreign languages, including Arabic, Russian and Chinese. His interest lies in the social and political dimensions of language and the value systems that are inscribed therein.

Ganahl is also fascinated by the social interface of the bicycle, a modernist machine which paved the way for mass mobilization and has once again become a utopian vehicle, as a cleaner and healthier alternative to the car. In his practice Ganahl embraces performance, photography, video and painting, as well as the apparatus of academia and pedagogy.

Ganahl was born in Austria and lives and works in New York. He has exhibited his work widely in an international context: at the Shanghai Biennial (2008); Venice Biennale, Istanbul Biennial, Moscow Biennial (2007); Seville Biennial, Bucharest Biennial (2006). He currently has a solo exhibition Dadalenin at MAK Museum, Vienna.

Rainer Ganahl is exhibiting as part of Scapegoat Society curated by norn at Guest Projects, 1 Andrews Road, E8 4QL until 21 February. Guest Projects is open Friday – Sunday 12 -6pm. See www.nornprojects.org for more information.

This event is generously supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum www.acflondon.org