Vernon Ah Kee; Will I Live ; curated by Damian Lentini

9 September 2017

"Will I Live"

an exhibition by Vernon Ah Kee
curated by Damian Lentini

Opening: Saturday 09 September 2017 3 - 7 p.m.
Talk with Curator Damian Lentini und Lars Koepsel/AoA am 21.September 19 Uhr

Exhibition: 09 September 2017 - 06 October 2017
(during the OPENart also on Sunday)

Will I Live presents the work of Vernon Ah Kee, one of Australia’s most significant living contemporary artists. Interrogating the signs of contemporary culture through the prism of a distinctly urban indigenous experience, Ah Kee’s work explores the subtle, but clearly political, implications of text and language; probing the manner in which rhetoric and cultural symbolism are adapted and recirculated in order to reinforce existing processes of marginalisation.

However, far from exclusively critiquing race relations within colonial-settler nations such as Australia, this exhibition of Ah Kee’s work at the Apartment der Kunst in Munich will reveal the universality of his culture-jamming tactics. Seen within the context of a city that is at the very epicentre of Europe’s migrant “crisis” – the result of wars provoked by two centuries of colonialism – Ah Kee’s textural interrogations highlights how the rhetorics of race and culture which circulates through the media landscape of Euro-America are conspicuous in their lack of voices of the very people to whom they pass judgement. By appropriating and inverting the language and aesthetics of contemporary text-based media, Ah Kee’s work serves as a timely reminder of the nascent anxieties which continue to plague society’s “intimate proximity” to its “other”, defamiliarising the discourse at the very point of its annunciation.

Vernon Ah Kee was born in 1967 in Innisfail, North Queensland, and comes from a mixed heritage that includes the Kuku Yalanji, Waanji, Yidinji and Guugu Yimithirr peoples. A member of the group proppaNOW in Brisbane, which he founded alongside fellow “Urban Aboriginal” artists Richard Bell, Jennifer Herd and Joshua Herd, Ah Kee’s work has been exhibited throughout the world; most notably at first Indigenous Art Triennial (2007); the Biennale of Sydney (2008); the Istanbul Biennial (2015); and the 53rd Biennale di Venezia (2009).

The subject of a major retrospective Vernon Ah Kee: not an animal or a plant, at the National Art School in Sydney this year, Willilive represents Ah Kee’s first ever solo exhibition Germany.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of theKulturreferat of the Landeshaupstadt München, alongside Milani Gallery,Brisbane.

Call for Applications Art Residency Program in Taipei 2018

20 June 2017

Call for Applications:

Art Residency Program in Taipei 2018

The Cultural Department of the state capital Munich, Goethe-Institute Taipei, the Apartment of Art and the Taipei Culture Foundation (Taipei Artist Village)

are offering an art residency program for Munich artists in Taipei. The residency program will be a two-month stay in July / August 2017 and include

solo exhibitions in the Taipei Artist Village and in the Apartment of Art in Munich. It is part of an exchange program between Munich and Taipei from

2017 to 2019 which enables a Taiwanese artist both a stay as an artist-in-residence in the Ebenböckhaus and a solo exhibition in the Apartment of Art in Munich.

Range: Cultural workers from all sectors of the visual arts (including design, film, sound/video, performance, photography) are encouraged to apply.

Time: July / August 2018 Location: Taipei

Organizers: Apartment of Art, Cultural Department of the state capital Munich, Goethe-Institute Taipei,Taipei Culture Foundation (Taipei Artist Village)

Benefits of the Program: Financing of international arrival and departure costs (Munich – Taipei - Munich)

Provision of living subsidies in Taipei for two months (in the amount of 1000 euros per month)

Work space

Solo exhibition in Taipei (Taipei Artist Village) and, if necessary, support through the Goethe-Institute Taipei

Solo exhibition in the Apartment of Art, Munich (4 weeks, September 2017) which should be referred to the experiences made in Taipei

Application deadline: 30. September 2017

Application DocumentsApplications shall be made in German and English and shall contain the following documents:

Application letter and project plan: Please describe your motivation to a maximum of one page for participation in the residency program.


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Applications are accepted only by e-mail. Please send your application in PDF format before the deadline to the following


Further questions:

Apartment der Kunst, München: Lars Koepsel, Tel.: 089 – 37963499

Kulturreferat der Landeshauptstadt München, Dr. Martin Rohmer, Tel. 089 – 233 21244

martin.rohmer@muenchen.deAn independent Munich jury composed of representatives of the Culture Department, the Apartment of Art,

the Goethe-Institute and two extern experts will choose three candidates. Following, the Taipei Artist Village will do the final selection.