October 24, 2019

Verena Dengler, Jackie of All Trades & Her Radical Chic Academy mit (((HC Playner)))

Book presentation

In her work, Verena Dengler (*1981 in Vienna, lives in Vienna) approaches a broad array of themes: she takes up, misappropriates and reevaluates codes of right-wing extremists in her work with the Hysteria Fraternity in Vienna, she takes on taboos such as “regretting motherhood,” and approaches her own personal family relations and assigned roles within them. She does all this in a humorous manner, aware of how problematic it is to demand that art be politically effective, also and especially in a time when ongoing responses to current topics are asked for. Rather than the done thing of being serious, she takes on the political in radical chic, in exaggeration, in “bad manners”, in an aesthetic somewhere between the prevailing ideas of cheap mass taste and refined culture.

This book takes up Verena Dengler’s exhibition at Kunsthalle Bern (20 May – 23 July 2017). Split in two, one part of the publication is on the work of Verena Dengler, the other on HC Playner, who was invited by Dengler to exhibit in the main room at Kunsthalle. Included are excerpts from the artist’s diary between the ages of ten and twelve, an extensive essay on Dengler’s work by Lili Reynaud-Dewar, and a text on how Stefanie Sargnagel first met HC Playner at a garden party. With an introduction by Valérie Knoll. Designed by HIT, Berlin.


Verena Dengler
Jackie of All Trades & Her Radical Chic Academy mit (((HC Playner))), 2019
Edited by Valérie Knoll, Geraldine Tedder, Kunsthalle Bern
Texts by Valérie Knoll, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Stefanie Sargnagel (D/E)
Design: HIT, Berlin
23 × 30 cm, 120 pages, softcover
Distribution: Mousse Publishing
ISBN: 978-3-85780-157-0
€ 24,–


For the book presentation please use the side entrance at the back of the building.