"In her works Barbara Holub engages with anthropological questions which have a major influence on society and communication, social and personal identities. During the past few years she dealt with the psycho-social phenomenon of desire, exploring in several projects the links and interrelations between concealment and desire as well as the ensuing potential taboos and the fulfillment of longings in places dissociated from "every-day life".
In her exhibition project at the Secession Barbara Holub uses the different angles underlying the perception of adults and children to investigate the (adult's) longing for the innocence of the child. In this context, she deals with the traditional and generalizing roles assigned to childhood and adult life, and the cliché-ridden desire of the adult to recapture his/her childhood, believed to have been free of burden (and now disappeared)."
(excerpt from catalog text by Kathrin Rhomberg; full text for download as pdf)
During the exhibition several events were held inviting participants to engage with the setting.
In the second room the audio play "Warumen" was installed.
With veiling hands/
Mit vorgehaltener Hand
Secession, Vienna, 1999
Installation with double video projection "Mit vorgehaltener Hand", 40', airport seating; inkjet print on fabric; inflated objects, audio play "WARUMEN".
A catalogue was published with a text by Kathrin Rhomberg.
For more information also see the Interview by Maia Damianovic with Barbara Holub
WARUMEN_ audio play for download: