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The end of Remembrance - Carinthian Partisans

Palais Epstein, Vienna

Tisch - Moschenitzen/ Moš?enica, Foto Ernst Logar 2007
Moschenitzen/ Moščenica       Ernst Logar 2007

pArtisan is to present "The End of Remembrance - Carinthian Partisans" from the 29th of January until the 2nd of February, in co-operation with the Austrian Parliament. In the atrium of the Palais Epstein, which was designated to be a "house of history" due to its historic past, an installation showing Carinthian partisans talking, in their own homes, of their lives as Carinthian Slovenes. The interviews, which were conducted by the artist, deal with the dramatic experiences of war and the post-war years to today’s circumstances living in Carinthia. Monitors showing the interviewees are set up on tables, as symbols for a places of remembrance.

Around the kitchen table family histories are told from different perspectives, or not infrequently completely concealed. The table represents the place of the intergenerational transfer of memory in the cell nucleus of the family.
A historically accurate way to deal with their own history, the Carinthian partisans and the Carinthian Slovenes is non existent in today’s Carinthia. Although historians judge the resistance of the partisans as Austria’s most important contribution to triumph over the Nazi regime, the Carinthian Slovenes, who fought with the Slovene partisans, still commonly stand accused today that they did not fight for the freedom of Austria, but for a communist Slovenia.
"The end of Remembrance" also means to look the last generation to witness the Nazi reign themselves in the eye. The generation of leaders, who were over 40 at the time is entirely extinct, the young followers of orders, soldiers and the workers of that time are retire. In a decade, no direct memory of the Third Reich will exist. This is one reason to reflect on the importance of our present perception of that time in history.
The aim of the art association "pArtisan" is to make the connection between the past and today. This connection is continuously visible in the current dispute about local town name signs recurrent in Austrian politics.

As a further consequence an exhibition series on the “Carinthian partisans" will be realised at various places of remembrance in Austria, which are directly linked to the history of National Socialism and the Austrian Resistance. "The end of Remembrance" will therefore also be on display in April 2008 in the memorial for the victims of Nazi justice in the Regional Court Vienna, Landesgerichtsstrasse 11.

invitation card - exibition (pdf, 237KB)

Photo Rauminstallation Palais Epstein
areaway - Palais Epstein, Vienna                                                    Ernst Logar 2008

press reports

print media:
„Leben in den Gräben – Buchpräsentation im Hohen Haus“ –
     APA, 28.01.2008
„Die Schlange Hitler töten" – Brigitte Borchhardt Birbaumer“ –
     Wiener Zeitung, 29.1.2008
„Installation im Palais Epstein gibt Kärntner Partisanen eine Stimme“ –
     Kleine Zeitung, 29.1.2008
„Die verdrängten Schicksale“ – Kleine Zeitung, 29.1.2008
„Was kostet “Kärnten“?“ – Helge Stromberger –  MALMOE, 29.1.2008
„Geheimnisse Kärntner Küchen“ – Anne Katrin Feßler –
     Der Standard, 31.1.2008
„Spomini imajo pravico do prežitetja“ – Novice, 1.2.2008

Beitrag Gregor Wakounig – Radio Agora, 26.1.2008
„Kärntner Partisanen im Zweiten Weltkrieg“ – Michaela Monschein –
     Ö1 Kulturjournal, 31.1.2008

29.1.2008 ORF - ZIB 2, 22:00Uhr
29.1.2008 ORF - Kärnten Heute, 19:00Uhr
3.2.2008 ORF - Hohes Haus, 12:00Uhr
6.2.2008 RTV LJ 1 - Morgenprogramm