Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll

Meta-museums collects together my exhibitions and publications about alternative viewing spaces.

object to project, museum, sculpture, ashgate press architectural design, humboldt forum CIHA, Crossing Cultures, Jaynie Anderson, Small Mirrors to Large Empires, meta-museums, Museum of Modern Art, Alfred Barr, Julie Gough, Salon de Fleurus

Click on covers above to read full text of Object to Project, Small Mirrors to Large Empires, The Very Mark of Repression


Kranich Museum

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This first museum that I was involved in building from scratch is documented in detail on the Kranich Museum website and blog and in a catalogue and diverse press such as that above. In it four new works of my own were commissioned for permanent display in the 1200 sq. meters of semi-ruin include: neon, a series of text works embedded in the walls, a series of sculptures, and a series of postcards. Additionally the commission included funds for us to hire a team of artists to create complimentary works for the museum’s collection. The layers of history within the manor house are revealed in the installation, which establishes a continuum from nineteenth century aristocratic country estate, to East German social housing in the post-war period, to a state of transition in the present. The wall text designed especially for the building and tuckpointed into its walls with a mixture of crane bone, touché, and mortar should indicate that it is the poetic in history that is our material in this project.

Click here or on the image below to read the crane poems

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Museum in a Book


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The Museum in a Book | Pour ouvrir ce musee was commissioned by the curator Jean-Charles Agboton-Jumeau for the exhibition "January 5-31, 2009" at the Musee des beaux-arts Cherbourg-Octeville and traveling, with other editions by Adrian Piper, Metahaven, et al.
It documents a series of participatory, photographic, and poetic interventions in the idea of conflating the ethnographic museum with the Prussian castle in the 'Humboldt Forum'. The form of The Museum in a Book takes André Malraux's Le Musee imaginaire, in which the page of contemporary art books were the new walls on which to hang art, as a departure point. The work (spanning 2005-2012) is now over 400 pages long, and titled Art in The Time of Colony in its expaned form. Intimate possession of art in books would destroy the need for museums Malraux predicted. The second reference for the format of this exhibition in a book is Seth Siegelaub's January 1-31, 1969, which festured works by many of the then emerging Minimalists.

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january 1 1969, Jan 1 2009, re-enactment



The Vienna Zocalo

The Vienna Zocalo is an exhibition focused on engaging postcolonial discourses in Latin America with art-research, writing, curatorial practice, performances, workshops, and an exhibition that produces a
place as open and vibrant as a Zocalo. The strategies of The Vienna Zocalo are based on research in performance art, meta-museology, magic realism, appropriation, cross-cultural translation, participation and relational aesthetics. A series of site-specific interventions constructs alternative histories by intervening in archives to reveal their inconsistencies and represents these in critical and poetic installations. Another strain repurposes pop-culture and fashion to engage contemporary political debates about gender, immigration and migration, surveillance, exoticism, celebrity, and power. From the very concrete history of Maximilian, Austria's brief monarch of Mexico in 1864-1867, to the imagination of young artists today, the Vienna Zocalo is a place from which to debate postcolonial relationships. A year of art-research supports these site-specific interventions, which have also been documented in a book publication that is available to the visitor.