Artur Żmijewski
Plan B



Girardigasse 8

Production specifics
Commissioned and produced by steirischer herbst ’19

Artur Żmijewski’s installation for steirischer herbst ’19 gives expression to the desire to run for shelter from today’s atmosphere of impending political catastrophe. Reacting to the increasingly nationalist developments in Eastern and Central Europe, Żmijewski imagines a hiding place in a disused shop location in Graz. Inspired by prepper projects and walking-dead scenarios as much as by bunkers and the attics used for concealing persecuted groups in World War II, Żmijewski’s installation might be the perfect place for artists to survive their immanent persecution, as right-wing populists set their sights on artistic institutions and their agents. Or seen in a more optimistic light, it could be a hideout for a disgraced right-wing politician trying to get away from it all. Either way, Żmijewski explores his fascination for personal escape capsules and insular, camouflaged worlds to which one might retreat in troubled times.