An interview with guest speakers Prof. Kaspar König
and Luce Belgiorno-Nettis AM
Wednesday, April 23, at 11:00
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An interview of Luce Belgiorno-Nettis, former Chairperson of the Biennale of Sydney and Executive Director of Transfield Holdings, and Kaspar König, curator of the upcoming Manifesta 10 in St Petersberg, about recent controversy surrounding both events. Last month, the Biennale of Sydney’s sole private sponsor, Transfield Holdings, withdrew its support of the biennale due to controversial links between the company and the commercialization of Australia’s mandatory detention of asylum seekers. Meanwhile, the location of Manifesta in St Petersburg has been challenged due to Russia’s troubled gay rights record and recent interventions in Ukraine territory. In both instances, the biennale system is held hostage by the political context, and some artists involved decide to withdraw. Sonja Hornung interviews the two ‘speakers’ Mr Belgiorno-Nettis and Herr König about withdrawal symptoms. What is the relationship between art and its political context, when the political can no longer be excluded by the framework of the institution?