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Zara Julius - Whatever You Throw at the Sea


27.04.2023 - 02.04.2024
Weltmuseum Wien, Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien


Whatever You Throw at the Sea… is a research-derived audio-visual project by Johannesburg-based artist and researcher Zara Julius. Having critically engaged the collections of the Weltmuseum Wien and those of the Phonogrammarchiv at ÖAW (Austrian Academy of Sciences) during a research residency in the summer of 2022, the project eventually culminates in an installation at Weltmuseum Wien in April 2023. Zara Julius’s work considers the ways communities in Africa and the African diaspora have been at the literal frontlines of both ecological and cultural pillaging.

Through sonic assemblage in the form of a limited edition 12“ vinyl and use of material from the Weltmuseum Wien’s photographic collection, the installation thinks through oceanic and rhythmic logics as bound up in loss, life, death, and possibility.