Hito Steyerl, Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze,
Miloš Trakilović

Hito Steyerl, who reflects on our world both artistically and theoretically in this time of hypercapitalism, digital lifestyle, globalization, and increasing political crises, is one of today’s most influential artists. For her exhibition in 2019 at Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, she created the installative work, Mission Accomplished: Belanciege. In the accompanying lecture presentation, Steyerl, together with the artists Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze and Miloš Trakilović, questions the links between the conditions of capitalist production, consumer culture, and mechanisms of commodification, which are also referenced in the coffee cup-like object, Belanciege Mug. While the collections of the fashion label Balenciaga transfer the aesthetics of precarity to the luxury sector, fakes invert this process: as an act of re-proletarianization they become a declaration of (re)appropriation. Hito Steyerl has been a professor at Universität der Künste in Berlin since 2011. Her work has been shown in numerous international exhibitions, including at: Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (2019); Venice Biennale (2019; 2015); Kunstmuseum Basel (2018); The Institute for Contemporary Art, Boston (2017); Bienal de São Paulo (2016); Gwangju Biennale (2016); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016); Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid (2015); Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe (2015); Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich (2015); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2014).

In his works, Giorgi Gago Gagoshidze considers issues such as the moving image, the political implications of its production and distribution, and its sociopolitical significance. Exhibitions of his work include at: steirischer herbst, Graz (2019); Kai 10 | Arthena Foundation, Dusseldorf (2018); Harun Farocki Institute, Berlin (2017); Museum of Photography, Berlin (2015); Folkwang Museum, Essen (2014); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2012).

Miloš Trakilović explores questions of dissolution, fragmentation, and memory on the basis of war experiences. Exhibitions of his work include at: Danube Dialogues, Novi Sad / Serbia (2019); Harun Farocki Institute, Berlin (2017); Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin (2017); Kunstverein Rosa Luxemburg Platz, Berlin (2016); Museum für Fotografie, Berlin (2014); Folkwang Museum, Essen (2014).

2019, ceramic mug, thermal sublimation print, 9,7 × 8,2 × 8,2 cm, single edition, certificate
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