Indebtedness: Die Haftung der Geschenknehmenden by Miriam Stoney, March 26 – May 15, 2021

We are pleased to announce, the exhibition Indebtedness: Die Haftung der Geschenknehmenden, a new project conceived by Vienna-based writer Miriam Stoney, who is one of the recipients of our project funding, Damnatio Memoriae, in winter semester 2020.

The opening of the exhibition will take place on 26th and 27th of March from 3 to 7 pm at Kevinspace, Volkertplatz 14/3-4, 1020 Vienna, www.kevinspace.org

Performative activations: 3.30, 4.30, 5.30, 6.30pm (audible from outside)


Indebtedness: Die Haftung der Geschenknehmenden marks the first exhibition project by Stoney and manifests as an expanded writing practice and an exercise in non-linear story-telling as well as vernacular idioms and idiosyncrasies to explore subjective, inter-generational and gendered historiography. Text, photography, sculpture and sound here tangibly negotiate fine lines between nostalgia, critical historicity and attempts to reinstate alternative models of reality for the present and future.

The title of the exhibition encompasses the double-meaning of indebtedness as interdependencies that are both culturally and economically rooted. It aims at a growing immobility between classes that is incited particularly sinisterly in the United Kingdom, although an expanding culture of debts can be experienced throughout the European mainland. Indebtedness also points to an intersectional self-reflection of being part of a diaspora as well as to the phantom limb of inherited family traumas, that are both deeply personal but also intergenerationally and historically ingrained.

Departing from Scunthorpe Correspondences, a dialogue between Stoney and Tom Glencross, a UK-based writer and friend, that was conceived and published in the given framework, this exhibition is set alongside the struggles of the working-class in Scunthorpe, where both authors grew up. Once a symbol for prosperity and wealth, the town in northern England now faces widespread precarity and disenchantment due to the decline of the steel industry and deregulating, globalizing processes. This conversation interrelates Stoney’s family’s trajectory with larger colonial histories of the UK and the Partition of Pakistan and India in 1947.

Miriam Stoney (b. 1994, Scunthorpe, UK) lives and works between Vienna and London. Stoney studied at the University of Oxford and the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and is now enrolled at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her work has been featured in the programmes of: ICA London, BBC Introducing Arts, Somerset House Studios London, Centre Pompidou x West Bund Museum Shanghai, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin and Haus Wien.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions we only allow a maximum of 2 people inside the exhibition space (FFP 2 masks are mandatory). Please always keep a safe distance to others and avoid crowds!