History Will Repeat Itself
Strategies of Re-enactment in Contemporary Art

November 17, 2007, 5 – 9 pm
November 18, 2007 – January 13, 2008


History Will Repeat Itself
Strategies of Re-enactment in Contemporary Art

Participating artists include: Guy Ben-Ner, Walter Benjamin, Irina Botea, C-Level, Daniela Comani, Jeremy Deller, Rod Dickinson, Nikolai Evreinov, Omer Fast, Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, Heike Gallmeier, Felix Gmelin, Pierre Huyghe, Evil Knievel, Korpys/Loeffler, Robert Longo, Tom McCarthy, Frédéric Moser / Philippe Schwinger, Collier Schorr, Tabea Sternberg, Kerry Tribe, T. R. Uthco & Ant Farm, Artur Zmijewski.

Concept: Inke Arns (HMKV Dortmund)
Curators: Gabriele Horn (KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin), Inke Arns (HMKV Dortmund)
Co-Curator: Katharina Fichtner

The exhibition History Will Repeat Itself focuses on current strategies of re-enactment in contemporary art and performance, and presents the positions of 22 international artists. Re-enactments have become more and more popular in recent years. The re-creation of historical battles or important events seem to exert a fascination particularly because they provide the opportunity to gain a different entry into history by re-experiencing it. In contemporary art there has been an increasing number of artistic re-enactments. Unlike popular historical re-enactments, artistic re-enactments do not simply affirm what has happened in the past, but question the present by taking recourse to historical (often traumatic) events that have left their traces in collective memory. Because history and memory are seldom directly experienced but more often mediated through media, re-enactments also represent an artistic interrogation of media images. They try to scrutinize the reality of the images, while at the same time pointing towards the fact that collective memory is essentially mediated memory. A comprehensive catalogue with texts by Inke Arns, Katharina Fichtner, Gabriele Horn, Tom McCarthy and others is available.

History Will Repeat Itself is a co-operation between Hartware MedienKunstVerein, Dortmund and KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.

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