This summer, Olaf Nicolai’s exhibition There Is No Place Before Arrival will provide various insights into his artistic approach with interventions taking place at different venues across Vienna. In addition to a central installation - a gigantic “carpet” of images at Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier on which visitors will be able to walk over and around, the exhibition will also extend beyond the exhibition space with a number of interdisciplinary projects planned in collaboration with Georg Fritsch Antiquarian Bookshop, ZOOM Children’s Museum, museum in progress and Sigmund Freud Museum.
Olaf Nicolai. Trauer und Melancholie (2009/12)
On occasion of the Third Riwaq Biennale in Ramallah in 2009, Olaf Nicolai had the idea to have Freud’s text translated for the first time into Arabic in both written and audio form. He produced a free, self-made publication and an audio version in the local dialect which was broadcast via a radio station. The original publication together with a video describing the complexity of the process of translation is on display at Sigmund Freud Museum providing a glimpse of the preparations for the reading on the radio. The work was conceived against the backdrop of the marginal circulation of Freud’s writings in Arabic and the ongoing discussion about the relevance of psychoanalysis in the Arabic world. It equally implies questions regarding the function of translation in the context of a politics of language where the distinction between literary Arabic and the local vernacular is virulent.
Curator: Luca Lo Pinto
For more detailed information about Olaf Nicolai. There Is No Place Before Arrival please visit the website of Kunsthalle Wien.