Ines Doujak


Ines Doujak, from the series: Landraub, since 2018
Ines Doujak, Landschaftsmalerei, 2020

For her exhibition project in the KUNST HAUS WIEN garage and the adjacent courtyard garden, the artist Ines Doujak works with an extensive collection of materials from nature: dried plants, mushrooms, seeds, crushed blossoms, leaves, berries, wood, ash, clay, stones, sand. In a process-oriented way of working, Doujak develops the installation Landschaftsmalerei and works with the natural archive at her disposal as artistic material. 

Ines Doujak takes up a highly topical, political theme in her work landraub. Panels with historical representations of apple varieties are installed in the courtyard and in public space. On them are original quotes from so-called "land grabbers" of the last 400 years. These illustrate that the unscrupulous expropriation and displacement of rural populations around the world by corporations, states or investors is not a historical phenomenon. The apple varieties on the posters, some of which no longer exist, point to a dimension of land grabbing in the form of the destruction of biodiversity through monocultures.

Ines Doujak, born 1959 in Klagenfurt, studied at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. In her photographs, installations, sculptures and performances, the artist thematises and deconstructs political, social and ecological systems and circumstances that are based on exploitation, racism, sexism, oppression, violence and abuse of power. Her work is widely acclaimed internationally and has been exhibited at biennials and museums such as NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (2020), Bergen Assembly (2019), Lentos Museum, Linz (2018), Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla (2018), Steirischer Herbst (2018), at the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kraków (2017), at the MACBA, Barcelona (2015), at the Biennial São Paulo (2014), at the Royal College of Art, London (2013), at the Busan Biennial, Korea (2012), at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2010) or at the documenta 12 in Kassel (2007). Ines Doujak lives in Vienna.

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