Stories from the Edge at Kunsthaus Graz – Part One: Writing Histories
Writing Histories is the first part of the growing exhibition Stories from the Edge hosted at the Space05 of Kunsthaus Graz. The project is conceived by Nayari Castillo, Kate Howlett-Jones and Francesca Lazzarini, and co-curated by Katrin Bucher Trantow.
Stories from the Edge is an itinerant and participatory project investigating the relationship between the hyper- and hypo- identity of resorts in the upper Adriatic, a major tourist destination area.
The project developed as two trips by camper van with six stops in the most renowned summer destinations in the area: Grado and Lignano in Italy; Portorož and Piran in Slovenia; Rovinj and Poreč in Croatia.
Along the way Nayari Castillo and Kate Howlett-Jones, who with Marina Sartori drove the camper along the coast, met up with six other artists: Polonca Lovšin, Ryts Monet, Renata Poljak, Nika Rukavina, Pila Rusjan and Alessandro Sambini. Each artist was asked to create a work based on the concept of the project and to facilitate dialog with the local community during an event in the form of osmiza. Like the traditional osmize of the Carso region where wine and local specialties are served in producers’ homes, the pop-up osmiza proposed itself as a place of conviviality and self-production, of dialog and exchange.
The exhibition shows works produced by the participating artists, along with research stories written during the journey and contributions made to the project by new collaborators encountered on the road: Marta Cereda, Sabina Damiani, Paola Pasquaretta, Petra Počanić, Mirko Smerdel of the Discipula collective, Una Rebić and Helene Thümmel from the #JUHA collective, Aleksander Velišček and Andreas Vormayr.
The works and the contributions analyze how the identity of the places are a result of a fluid process, are continually evolving, and are the product of the interaction of numerous variables.
The exhibition offers reflections on a range of themes, from the shifts in local life between the high and low season, to the consequences of mass tourism. Finally, it touches on some very current issues: the refugee – migrant crisis and the consequences of terrorism on collective perception.