The Lakeside Park in Klagenfurt, Austria, was built in 2004 for establishing it as an international campus for science & technology. There`s a special place for art on the grounds: Kunstraum Lakeside, which shows a multilateral programme of art, films and lectures for the 10th time this summer. The current term`s named `Reordering`, showing the political work ‘Wild and cultivated fruits market’ of London-based Nada Prlja until May 12, 2010. Prlja`s work is often site-, space- or condition-specific, she`s mainly dealing with sociological topics such as inequality or injustice in society.
Why do «empowered ones,» or the domestic population of any European country persist with the stereotypical interpretation of «the other»—the immigrants? Why does this interpretation of the foreigners lure on the margins to become a folkloric reading? For example, what might be the perception of the majority of Carinthians about the Chechen minority, this small group of 900 people who have escaped the turbulence of war in their own country? By going back to the folkloristic interpretation, how might this unknown and foreign group of people be seen by the majority of citizens in Carinthia? Presumably Carinthians permit themselves, privately and intuitively, to envisage the Chechens as being bride kidnappers or people with long moustaches and joined eyebrows, which inevitably results in fear (as potentially the foreigners could kidnap their daughters, win football matches on their territory, or maybe take their position in society. […] Unfortunately, this is the only way that the «ignorant» ones want to perceive them: as being different from «us» and thereby not as possible equals. This exhibition provides an overview of the stereotypical interpretations that typically occur in the relation between immigrants and the domestic population of a society, in order to abolish the circle of prejudices in which we all take equal part. This project would like to alert the immigrants about the nature of their potential contribution toward the stereotypical vision and established expectations of the majority in their new country of residence. Most importantly, this project aims to animate the immigrants’ sense of self-awareness and thereby initiate and encourage a revision of their position and role within that society. (Nada Prlja)