For our sixth Saloon we met with Vasilena Gankovska, artist and board member at the IG Bildende Kunst to talk about the precarious situation of Austria's cultural landscape and how they are working as alliances for artists. Of course, we shouldn't look at it too pessimistically but there are already cuts in funding and the government's appreciation for cultural production is undoubtedly going in a wrong, or rather the right, direction. The IG and its members are nevertheless tirelessly working on keeping the association going and are working on a program that deals with the situation. We should all think about how we can work collaboratively and actively to counteract what is going on politically and culturally in our respective countries.
To quote Audre Lorde: "In our world, divide and conquer must become define and empower". So let's get working!