The exhibition A War in the Distance, the central project of the 2022 edition of steirischer herbst festival, took place at Neue Galerie Graz / Universalmuseum Joanneum and invited visitors to engage with historical and contemporary works directly or indirectly about wars past and present. Confronting lesser-known 19th- and 20th-century paintings from Neue Galerie Graz’s collection with works made by artists today, it uncovered hidden stories from the uncomfortable past. This richly illustrated publication documents this exhibition as well its surrounding festival program. Throughout, Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine was ever present, like a filter, impossible to erase or forget.
With contributions by Alice Crary, Gudrun Danzer, Heimo Halbrainer, Tom Holert, Günther Holler-Schuster, Éva Kovács, Daniel Muzyczuk, Manfried Rauchensteiner, and Iryna Shuvalova
Edited by Ekaterina Degot, David Riff, and Christoph Platz