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Long known for bringing trenchant analyses of sociopolitical structures into the museum, Hans Haacke has in the past exposed corporations who use art sponsorship to booster their image and slum landlords who hide behind diversified corporations. In his first exhibition in Vienna, the title of which gives its name to this book, Haacke tackles Austria’s emotionally laden understanding of its own history and national identity. A larger discourse on the culture of memory weaves its way through selected historical works of Haacke’s, including his 1999 project for the Reichstag, as well as through the artist’s own writings, available here for the first time.

Adrian Piper is a conceptual artist who incorporates language, rhetoric, and visual media to create pieces that render issues such as racism and xenophobia in harshly realistic terms. Also an accomplished professor of philosophy at Wellesley College, Piper sees racism as a visual and cognitive pathology that is deeply buried in the structure of the self. Her work presents themes and images from her life experiences, as well as from the mass media, in hopes of highlighting their inherently racist structures. A compilation of Piper’s writings, most published here for the first time in English.

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