Salon der Angst
The exhibition Salon der Angst attempts an artistic debate with the fears of our time and the diversity of their affective and socio-political spectra: fear of the future, fear of criminality, of poverty, physical and psychological violence, loss of control, humiliation and emotional coldness as well as fear of the foreign or fear of change in general. In this connection angst presents itself primarily as a reactive rejection of aspects of the present that we do not know how to manage. The representation of angst and terror, of people who suffer from deep emotional insecurity or insanity, is a motif well established in the history of art, but it is also very characteristic of a younger generation reacting seismically to a changed society with new fears and insecurities. The artists in the exhibition are concerned with angst in its various contexts in the history of ideas but also with its specific manifestations. Angst and its associated symptoms such as phobia, panic attacks and depression are considered no less than approaches which permit the question of the source of angst to involve a constructive self-interrogation.