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Video works by V&H in 'Life's Finest Values' at Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna

The exhibition LIFES FINEST VALUES presents video works by 21 artists, filmmakers, and architects. The exhibition investigates the interrelations between the realms of housing, art, and capital in different urban contexts around the world: from Berlin to Caracas, from Havana to Hong Kong, from Brussels to Tbilisi. The title of the exhibition was a slogan used by a real estate company in Berlin to market luxury apartments. The values that this slogan bespeaks have been reappropriated by the participants in their works. The video works share a focus on text, dialogue, and interview formats as a means of political analysis and knowledge production. Many projects deconstruct neoliberal language and ideology, which often consciously extract loaded words like freedom, values, and life from their historical contexts and equate them with the freedom of the market and monetary value, thus promoting a concept of life solely as a market-oriented project. Participating artists: Lisa Schmidt-Colinet & Alexander Schmoeger & Florian Zeyfang, Libia Castro & lafur lafsson, cylixe, Jan Peter Hammer, Annika Eriksson, Brigitta Kuster & Gly Akin & Angelika Levi, Ina Wudtke, Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum, Oliver Ressler, Ines Schaber & Mathias Heyden, Vermeir & Heiremans