How is and has knowledge and history been generated in Europe through cultural assets? How did this knowledge get here and by whom was it disseminated? And what does the use and production of cultural assets, such as printing techniques and patterns of fabrics, reveal about people's lifestyles and migration?
It becomes apparent that behind the decors understood as "traditional" in Holland, Germany or Austria there is a cultural history that has its origin in Asia. This is closely linked to trade routes and the distribution of goods and the colonial exploitation of land resources and people. The expansive installation According to blueprint (2018) is dedicated to the origins of blueprint and its distribution in Central Europe. The installation takes up the colonial mechanisms of exploitation captured in a series of photographs from 1877 by photographer Oscar Mallitte. The sequences and working conditions can be seen in an indigo factory in Allahabad, India. In collaboration with the performance artist Sajan Mani, a video work is created that, along the photographic documents, translates the production methods of the raw material indigo and its use for blue dyeing into performative actions. The performance, cyanotypes (iron blue prints) and objects also take up references to the complex cultural-historical references of the color blue, with which religiousness, traditionality and homeland ties are linked in Central Europe. Fabrics and garments with cultural-historical references show examples of the use of blueprints in customs and everyday life. In the second gallery room, the video work Außer Sichtweite - ganz nah (2015) is shown, for which Moira Zoitl invited a group of salespeople from the street newspaper Apropos to formulate their ideas about work in relation to the city of Salzburg against the scenic background of the "Sattler Panorama", a 25-metre-wide circular painting by the painter Johann Michael Sattler from 1829. They speak of the loss of their work, which opened up new perspectives for them.
A live performance by Sajan Mani will take place at the opening on 29 November at 7 pm. Schwartz Villa, Great Salon