Thursday, July 30, 2020, 7 pm
Natascha Sadr Haghighian in conversation with Fahim Amir

Exhibition talk on the occasion of the exhibition passing one loop into another with Natascha Sadr Haghighian and Fahim Amir (philosopher and writer, Vienna)
In German

Natascha Sadr Haghighian develops installations, video and audio works, as well as performative interventions which reveal the infrastructures and conditions of our social order. Taking current and historical events as a point of departure, the artist addresses how our scope of action, structure of the gaze, and ultimately our thinking are formed. She shows the complex interdependencies and the mutual interpenetration of technology, politics, systems of value creation, and the biological, and calls into question our anthropocentric self-understanding. On July 30, Sadr Haghighian discusses her artistic practice with Fahim Amir (philosopher and cultural scientist, Vienna).

Natascha Sadr Haghighian was honored in 2020 by the State of Berlin with the Hannah Höch Advancement Award for outstanding artistic achievements by mid-career artists. On the occasion of her award, the artist is presenting a series of works in the exhibition
passing one loop into another in the Showroom of Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (n.b.k.) in which diverse thematic strands are interwoven in non-human figures.

Fahim Amir works at the intersections of nature-cultures and colonial historicities, performance and utopia, transcultural agency and urbanism. His book
Schwein und Zeit. Tiere, Politik, Revolte (»Being and Swine. Animals, Politics, Revolt«), published 2018 with Edition Nautilus, Hamburg, was awarded with the Austrian Karl-Marx-Price 2018 and selected for the top ten best non-fiction books of January 2019 (Sachbuch-Bestenliste) by ZDF, Deutschlandfunk Kultur und DIE ZEIT. Amir has been teaching at art academys in Vienna, Linz and São Paulo and curated, amongst others, the Live Art Festival Zoo3ooo: Occupy Species at Kampnagel Hamburg 2013 and exhibition programs (Salon Klimbim) at Secession Vienna in 2014. Amir co-edited Transcultural Modernisms (Sternberg Press, 2013) and recently provided the epilog to the German translation of Donna Haraways Companion Species Manifesto (Merve, 2016).