Nisrine Boukhari, Santiago Mostyn, Johanna Steindorf
Curators: Elena Jarl & Iliane Kiefer
Rethinking Flânerie is a group exhibition at Marabouparken that presents artworks by the international artists Nisrine Boukhari, Santiago Mostyn and Johanna Steindorf, who challenge the well-known concept of the flâneur in the 21st century. The exhibition curated by Elena Jarl and Iliane Kiefer, will feature photography, films and installations, which raise questions about gender, migration, home and exile.
The figure of the flâneur which was revived in French literature in the 19th century, has until today been widely debated in various disciplines. In the 20th century, artists reused flânerie and created new strategies of walking in the city to problematize the effects of capitalism on a changing urban landscape. Even if certain historical legacies still shape the perception of the flâneur today, Nisrine Boukhari, Santiago Mostyn and Johanna Steindorf show how present manifestations may be a necessity. As contemporary wanderers, travellers and even as a flâneuse they show new strategies to process personal conflicts and social inequalities. The artworks offer different means to experience a variety of narratives, encouraging the audience to rethink flânerie today.
The exhibition at Marabouparken will be accompanied by Johanna Steindorf’s audio-walk The Strange Half-Absence of Wandering at Night starting at Marabouparken. In this audio-walk, participants accompany a female protagonist through the park and neighborhood at dusk. The walk reflects upon the female flâneur – the flâneuse – and the situation for women in public space. It mixes narrative, text excerpts, music and field recordings. The sun sets while the participant walks, bringing out other qualities of this environment.