10 VANITY

Vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
—ECCLESIASTES, Old Testament

Contemporary art has been accused of being superficial, empty, and meaningless. Yes. It is true—the nonsense of art is also its raison d’être. However, the supposed vagueness of art and its apparent lack of meaning is nothing more than the sign of its relevance in an increasingly reified world where entertainment and vanity reigns. Art deals with absence. Yes. Art represents those relevant issues that are ignored and neglected by our culture, by our shared history, and by our political leaders. Yes. Entitlement and diversity are recurring notions in our current political and artistic discourses, and yet, who is forming consensus around these fundamental questions? Life, the experience of freedom and ethics, should be our guide, but is not. Art should also be an anchor for social practice, but is not. Art, like life, needs to be restated constantly and protected daily. It is a process governed by its end. Art cannot be the mirror of the world—that would be too much to ask for. However, the pressing call of our time invites us to consider the possibility of seeing contemporary artistic practices as a vehicle that reflects on a more ethical and social life, a vital vehicle in the construction of a we.

—ENTKUNSTUNG

Origin III (Snow Storm) and Origin I (A Stag Drinking)
Dora Budor
2019
Monkey See, Monkey Do
Ryan Gander
2019
Flesh to Cloth 5
Darren Harvey-Regan
2019

Radicalism itself may not be revolutionary anymore, but gratuitous.
 As sex in television.


Pose (film stillls)
Hanna Schwarz
2011

VANITAS EST NOBIS