Florian Pumhösl (born 1971 in Vienna, Austria; lives and works in Vienna).

Four-channel video installation, silent; 8 min 50 sec.

“Video installation that examines socialist initiatives in postcolonial Tanzania through the 1970s’ urbanist projects under President Julius Nyerere. The theme of Village, Museum, is the development of Dodoma, Tanzania’s administrative capital, which evolved within the context of a village restructuring project that became known as ‘Ujamaa’… In the course of video sequences, fragments of the city are complemented by images of sites of collective memory: the campus of Dar-es-Salaam University built in the early 1960s, the National Museum, exhibiting the history of the independence movement and of Ujamma, a movie theater, and a housing estate built with Chinese support.”
—In Florian Pumhösl: Spatial Sequence; Works in Exhibition 1993-2012, ed. Yilmaz Dziewor (Bregenz, Austria: Kunsthaus Bregenz), 2012.

Village, Museum examines the socialist initiatives in post-colonial Tanzania under Julius Nyerere from the 1970s on. The various stages of Pumhösl’s videographic-architectural tale all share the fact that they can be understood as alternative, non-narrative notations of historical processes. Visuality and space are the central themes but at the same time the core of these narratives could also be read as the result of political processes.”
—”Florian Pumhösl: Growth and Development,” Galerie im Taxipalais.


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