I expected her to sit in front of me but she picked the seat just next to mine. Her eyes, when our discussion was on the verge of becoming something else, lost focus. They looked straight at me, but also beyond, shifting, physically, the rules of our exchange.

Mirene Arsanios for Gravity, Bones And Parents

die Wissen, 2023


Nooshin Askari
Hiwa K
Michelle & Noel Keserwany 
Elif Saydam
Vina Yun with Moshtari Hilal

die Wissen is on view in Innsbruck until October 8, 2023

The group exhibition die Wissen, at TAXISPALAIS Kunsthalle Tirol, grew as a collaboration between artist Setareh Shahbazi and curator Nina Tabassomi

In German grammar, the article determines the gender, number, and case of a noun. The dictionary says “das Wissen” (knowledge) can only be used in the singular and with a neuter article, implying the idea of a neutral canon. A canon that differentiates between right and wrong. Something to be assimilated, memorized, and then reproduced when needed. People with multiple belongings, longings, and varied horizons of experience know more than that; they embody and live their knowledges (die Wissen) of different situations and environments. They inhabit multiple selves and can feel through them simultaneously as a result of having had to continuously learn how knowledge is bound to place, situation, and context. Their lived experience tells them that what is right and wrong cannot be answered in the same way everywhere, with every person, and in every moment. Knowledges manifest physically. They are inscribed, sometimes reconciling and sometimes antagonistically, but always present.

The show die Wissen is the second part of the TAXISPALAIS trilogy on togetherness tackling the overarching question of how we can discuss and practice discourses of multiple belongings more adequately in Western Europe. 

Curated by Setareh Shahbazi and Nina Tabassomi