Screening: Oliver Ressler, Emergency Turned Upside-Down


mumok, Vienna, Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 19:00

Two new works by Oliver Ressler refer to the migration and flight that war and conflict in Syria (and other states) have set in motion. Emergency Turned Upside-Down addresses the cynical and inhuman discourse that sees the presence of refugees in Europe as a state of “emergency,” although this term really should be reserved for war, terror, or economic strangulation—the very reasons that lead people to leave their homes. There Are No Syrian Refugees in Turkey is Oliver Ressler’s most recent film, made on the occasion of his solo exhibition at SALT Galata in Istanbul. In it, he allows Syrian refugees living as “guests” in Europe’s largest metropolis to analyze the political reactions of the EU and Turkey.

Oliver Ressler
Emergency Turned Upside-Down, 2016, 16 min
There Are No Syrian Refugees In Turkey, 2016, 30 min

After the screening: talk with Oliver Ressler and Charles Esche

Oliver Ressler lives in Vienna. In 2016 he was the first winner of the Swiss art prize Prix Thun für Kunst und Ethik. Exhibitions (selection): Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo – CAAC, Seville (2015); LENTOS Kunstmuseum, Linz (2014); Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum (2010); Berkeley Art Museum (2006).

Charles Esche is a curator and author; director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven and together with Mark Lewis founder and editor of Afterall Journal and Afterall Books, Central St. Martins, London.

€ 6,– / reduced € 4.50