15. September – 19. November 2006
International Group Exhibition
Religion is an extremely topical social issue and one that is also extremely ambivalent. In certain cultural circles, religious convictions have become interchangeable. Just as in our multi-option society each person can define his lifestyle and identity himself, so too can a person determine whether and how spirituality and faith are part of life – a case of "Choosing my Religion". In the western world, therefore, religion has taken on the most varied of forms and facets. In other cultural circles, by contrast, social life is largely determined by religion. At the same time, we are confronted globally with a religious fundamentalism that in many places has become the basis for conflicts and violence.
The exhibition "Choosing my Religion" addresses the relationship between religion and society and the role of faith today. The artworks focused on in the exhibition deal with individual aspects of this complex theme and investigate the interface between the religious and the social. "Choosing my Religion" is not an exhibition of contemporary Christian or religious art. It differs from other exhibitions on the theme of religion by the fact that it shows neither representations of religious topics nor visualisations of the supernatural. Artists from different cultural circles with different religious backgrounds have been invited so as to guarantee a manifold approach to the exhibition theme.
Artists in the exhibition:
Thomas Bayrle (D *1937), James Hopkins (GB *1976), Olaf Metzel (D *1952), Valérie Mréjen (F *1969), Paul Pfeiffer (USA *1966), Shirana Shahbazi (Iran *1974), Wael Shawky (Ägypten *1971), Dominik Stauch (CH *1962), Lidwien van de Ven (NL *1963), Mark Wallinger (GB *1959), Sislej Xhafa (Kosovo *1970) / Adel Abdessemed (Algeria *1971)
An exhibition booklet will be published (German / English) containing an introduction, colour photographes and short essays on the exhibits, price: CHF 5.–
With the generous support of:
Mondriaan Foundation, Stadt Thun, Amt für Kultur/Kanton Bern, Regionale Kulturkonferenz Thun, Fondation Nestlé pour l'Art, Vetter Druck, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, Tertianum Thun, Wohnbedarf