What to See in the EU This August

From Iris Touliatou’s architectural interventions at Grazer Kunstverein to a joy-filled edition of Biennale Gherdëina

BY frieze in EU Reviews , Exhibition Reviews | 05 AUG 22

Iris Touliatou

Grazer Kunstverein, Austria

Until 28 August

Iris Touliatou, ‘apendage’, 2022, exhibition view, Grazer Kunstverein. Courtesy: the artist and Grazer Kunstverein; photograph: kunst-dokumentation.com

The doors of the Grazer Kunstverein are flung wide open, and the entrance fee has been waived. Per the list of works, untitled (lungs) (2022) simply comprises ‘multiple entrances, permanently open doors’. Altogether, there are six separate ways to enter Iris Touliatou’s solo exhibition ‘appendage’ – a disproportionate number given the institution’s relatively small size. With each entryway leading to a different part of the space, this architectural intervention requires visitors to continuously move between inside and outside, performing the notion of the appendage as a structural, as well as a conceptual, device. Olamiju Fajemisin

Documenta 15

Various venues, Kassel, Germany

Until 25 September

Dan Perjovshi, Generosity, Regeneration, Transparency, Independence, Sufficiency, Local Anchor and most of all Humor, 2022, installation view. Courtesy: the artist; photograph: Nicolas Wefers

A moment that remains with me from Documenta 15 is not a mental image but a sound. It lured me into the Hübner areal venue where I found Nasida Ria, a group of veiled Indonesian singers and musicians on violins, electric keyboards and bamboo flutes joyously performing modern qasidah, the Arabic music I grew up hearing as a child in Beirut. Their religious, trance-like inflections, which had many of us in the audience spellbound, were familiar, though the language was foreign to me. – Nadine Khalil

Biennale Gherdëina

Various venues, Italy

Until 25 September

Alex Cecchetti, SENTIERO, 2022. Courtesy: the artist; photograph: Tiberio Sorvillo

In the field of art and ecology, where the possibilities of pleasure often get cast aside in favour of more readily justifiable goals like catalysing change or raising awareness, Biennale Gherdëina makes a case for joy – from walking and eating to lying and laughing. [Curators] Filipa Ramos and Lucia Pietroiusti posit pleasure not as refuge from injustice, grief or anger but as a vital agent of resistance and subversion. – Tom Jeffreys

Chris Korda

Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France

Until 28 August 

Chris Korda, ‘The (Wo)Man of the Future’, 2022, installation view. Courtesy: the artist and Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France; photograph: Pierre Antoine

The recent catalogue of overwhelmingly tragic news – from the war in Ukraine, which highlights our dependency on fossil fuel, to the US Supreme Court rulings that have stripped the American Environment Agency of its right to regulate Co2 emissions and opened the door to abortion bans across the US through the overturning of Roe v. Wade – has sadly created the perfect background for Chris Korda’s current retrospective. Vincent Simon

Main image: Chris Korda, ‘The (Wo)Man of the Future’, 2022, exhibition view, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France. Courtesy: the artist and Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers, France; photograph: Pierre Antoine


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