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Public programme 2022 at Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts

Public Programme: The Fortress of Crossed Destinies
July 21–August 27, 2022

“From this arid sphere every discourse and every poem sets forth; and every journey through forests, battles, treasures, banquets, bedchambers, brings us back here, to the centreof an empty horizon.” (Italo Calvino, 1973)

The Salzburg International Summer Academy’s public program of lectures and lecture-performances for 2022 is titled The Fortress of Crossed Destinies. The book The Castle of Crossed Destinies by Italo Calvino, in which the author analyzes how meaning is produced through various interpretations outside the bounds of anthropocentric tyranny, is the source of the title. Since the Academy is housed in the ancient Hohensalzburg Fortress, the word “Castle” in the original title has been changed to “Fortress” in order to create a paradoxical play on words and nuance. The idea is to symbolically subvert the traditional connotation of a fortress and repurpose it from protecting monocultural hegemonies to protecting the vital potential for intercultural cooperation and peace.

Invited international guests are Zdenka Badovinac, Ángela Bonadies, Vasyl Cherepanyn, Sebastian Cichocki, Ekaterina Degot, Léuli Eshrāghi, Marina Fokidis, Sophie Goltz, Jennifer Higgie, Flaka Haliti, Ania Nowak/Kem School, Metahaven, Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, Markus Miessen, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Angelo Plessas, Slavs and Tatars, Krista Belle Stewart, Tracey Rose, Tanzim Wahab, Munem Wasif, et al.

The Fortress of Crossed Destinies is a public program organized by Marina Fokidis, an independent curator and publisher of the publication South as a State of Mind. It is a part of the ongoing research project Horizons of Possibility, which Sophie Goltz, the director, started in anticipation of the Summer Academy’s 70th anniversary in 2023.

More information about the programme and venues here.

Exhibition programme
June 22–September 10, 2022

Some of the Summer Academy’s instructors are invited to present their artistic studies and practices in Salzburg each year. Munem Wasif, Flaka Haliti, Metahaven, and Markus Miessen will all show their works in 2022. Sophie Goltz is the curator of the show schedule, working with the Stadtgalerien Salzburg and the Galerie Kunst im Traklhaus.

Munem Wasif
Jomin o Joban: a tale of the land
June 23–August 4, 2022
Stadtgalerie Museumspavillon

The first solo exhibition of Munem Wasif in the German-speaking region features image-based pieces that explore the idea of trace in various ways. His intricate installations frequently combine still images with moving ones, archive records, or gathered artifacts. In Dhaka, the artist resides and works (Bangladesh).

Flaka Haliti together with Metahaven and Markus Miessen
July 19–September 10, 2022
Galerie Kunst im Traklhaus

Munich-based artist Flaka Haliti has invited the art collective Metahaven and architect Markus Miessen to collaborate on the creation of a Discourse Bar as part of her first solo exhibition in Austria. Haliti explores a world of digital posthumanity through her drawings, photography, sculptures, and installations. Perhaps Haliti’s creative output might be characterized as a “thinking of human life” that transcends itself while being unafraid of clash with its own materiality.
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