Is it necessary for artists and cultural initiatives or institutions, which are active in countries experiencing societal conflicts and upheaval, to automatically define themselves through these conflicts? Is not this expectation itself just an outrageous ascription of cultural and political identity? The project Unexpected Encounters at Camera Austria has an open beginning, for only those topics that the individual collectives explore on site end up becoming expressed through language and visual presentation. It is not a gain in authenticity that we are expecting, but rather the beginning of a debate full of unexpected collisions of ideas and concepts, so that we may leave behind those ascriptions that are currently being divided into antagonisms of a religious, political, cultural, or ethnic nature.
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