Ines Doujak & John Barker

Ines Doujak, Masterless Voices (film still), 2014. Photo: Ines Doujak

Ines Doujak, Ghostpopulations, 2019. Photo: Ines Doujak

Ines Doujak, Lustrabota, 2017. Photo: Hans D. Christ

Ines Doujak, Exu, 2018. Photo: Ines Doujak

Ines Doujak, Masterless Voices (film still), 2014. Photo: Ines Doujak

Ines Doujak (b. 1959, Klagenfurt, Austria) lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Doujak’s multidisciplinary practice spans across photography, performance, film and installation. She uses political theory and textiles to deconstruct the political implications of sexist and racist stereotypes. Drawing on the tradition of carnival, masquerade and motifs from cultural history, she uncovers exploitative structures and inequalities in society, often in relation to colonial histories. Her research into the textile industry has resulted in numerous works concerning gender, class and cultural conflicts related to the global production, trade and distribution of fashion and textiles. Recent exhibitions include Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India (2018); Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh (2018); Lentos Kunstmuseum, Austria (2018); and Para Site, Hong Kong (2018).

John Barker (b. 1948) lives and works in London, UK. Barker is a writer, essayist and performer. Since the 1970s, he has focused on economics, geopolitical dynamics and the exploitation of labour. His novels include Radio Signals and Futures, whilst his essays have been published in Mute, Telepolis, Adbusters, Capital and Class and Variant among others. Exhibitions include Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kraków (2017); Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart (2018); São Paulo Biennial (2014); and Busan Biennale, South Korea (2012).

Ines Doujak and John Barker have collaborated since 2010. They work together through a common interest in the political dimension of cultural exchanges.