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Disrupting Utopia: Hans Haacke’s Germania or Digging Up the History of the Venice Biennale

Haladyn, Julian Jason and Jordan, Miriam (2008) Disrupting Utopia: Hans Haacke’s Germania or Digging Up the History of the Venice Biennale. In: Charged Circuits: Questioning International Exhibition Practices, 14 Mar 2008, Montreal, Canada. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper examines Hans Haacke’s 1993 project Germania as a literal disruption of the utopic vision of the Venice Biennale as an international art event, specifically as it relates to the construction of national identity. As Jordan and Haladyn argue, Haacke’s project deconstructs the very foundation of the national identity of Germany that can be traced back to Hitler’s patronage and investment in the German pavilion; for Haacke the only way to undermine this elided history is to physically break up the ground of this exhibitionary space.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2016 16:41
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2017 07:14
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1340

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