Woke up in the middle of the night and had a vision. We were close to a small volcano with a gentle lava flow, the vegetation was tropical, there were hummingbirds and llamas… My body was multiplied in several apparitions… surrounded by inspiring friends, humans and non-humans, from now and earlier times it was a beautiful, joyful, almost operatic crowd, like a march, a protest, an excursion… — Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster*
Reminiscent of Jann Haworth and Peter Blake (Sgt. Pepper’s) by way of Hedi El Kholti—and modeled on Diego Rivera’s mural Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in the Alameda Central (1946–47)—VOLCANIC EXCURSION (A VISION) is a 80′ x 16′ installation by Gonzalez-Foerster in Vienna. In the words of the artist, the work represents a huge transfeminist and antiracist excursion provoked by many types of experience and eruptions, emotional, political, artistic, ecological, and subjective gathered through 2020 and 2021… And among all these locked-down days, there were a few days out! Protests, marches, demonstrations, the contrast was exhilarating and healing between the loneliness of the rooms and screens and the fertile beauty and excitement of the endless group.*
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Through September 5.
Friedrichstrasse 12, Vienna.
Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Volcanic Excursion (A Vision), Secession, Vienna, July 2, 2021–September 5, 2021. Installation photographs by Oliver Ottenschläger. Images © Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, courtesy of the artist and Secession, Vienna.