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Christoph Szalay (fellow 2018) – RÆNDERN
Published on February 24, 2020 by Ritter Verlag
Christoph Szalay ©Martin Schwarz
23. March 2020

What is home? In RÆNDERN Christoph Szalay explores this question. The publication consists of poems and short prose and was written during his stay at Akademie Schloss Solitude. It tries to deal with the culturally transmitted images of an European idyll. This search for traces forms cracks in the idealized imagination, which in turn uncovers historical catastrophes. Szalay adopts the traditional language of form and overwrites it with post-colonial, inclusive and queer-feminist language. The ideas of home of nationally and patriotically oriented parties and movements are thus enruptured.

In RÆNDERN Sazaly develops a poetic counter position to the so-called »Identitären«, a right-wing extremist movement found mainly in Austria, Germany and France. Szaley builds up an exciting picture of tentativeness, pluralism and openness, which poses the question of »What is home?« totally anew.

Christoph Szalay was born 1987 in Graz/Austria and studied German language and literature at the University of Graz and art in context at the University of the Arts in Berlin/Germany. Since 2017, he has been a poet, artist, curator and literary representative of Forum Stadtpark in Graz. Published works are stadt/land/fluss. Gedichte (Leykam, 2009), flimmern. Gedichte (Leykam, 2012) and Asbury Park, NJ (Luftschacht, 2013).

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