Rebellious Books

In collaboration with the Library of the Styrian Chamber of Labor and Bettina Landl

Rebellious Books


AK-Bibliothek & Infothek
Hanuschgasse 3, 8020 Graz  ♿

Mon, Wed 10:00–16:00; Tue, Thu 10:00–19:00; Fri 10:00–13:30

Opening: 10.9., 10:00, Free admission

“It was once considered high treason to read rebellious books. The rise of the working class would not have been possible without such books”, said Hans Muchitsch in his 1926 speech by the opening of the library of the Chamber for Workers and Salaried Employees (AK) in Graz. The party newspaper Arbeiterwille, where the speech was printed, had to stop working in 1934. Numerous books were banned shortly afterwards and many were burned. The role of the AK institution, including its library, has changed several times until today.

The artistic project “Rebellious Books” invites various workers to compile books that are now considered to be “rebellious”. The collective investigation of the needs of our time and the medial collection of the library of the Styrian Chamber of Labor asks about resistance, emancipation and radical thinking in the midst of neoliberal and global techno-climatic changes.

Exhibition view, “Rebellious Books”, Dejan Marković, 2021 © Clara Wildberger

In the period from 10.09. – 31.10.2021, the selected books will be exhibited with a short statement as an intervention in the main shelf of the AK-Bibliothek & Infothek in Hanuschgasse 3, 8020 Graz. In their compilation, the books, films and sound recordings provide an up-to-date insight into the topics of self-education and collective action. This temporary collection will be accessible on site, as well as online, and will be further supplemented by visitors and library users.

Exhibition view, “Rebellious Books”, Dejan Marković, 2021 © Johanna Lamprecht
Exhibition view, “Rebellious Books”, Dejan Marković, 2021 © Johanna Lamprecht

Current participants:

Reinhard Braun, Katrin Bucher-Trantow, Aleksander Fritz, Anja Grabuschnig, Daniel Erlacher, Reni Hofmüller, Ana Jeinić, Elke Kahr, Theresa Klug, Robert Krotzer, Bettina Landl, Tomislav Medak, Walther Moser, Margit Neuhold, Heidrun Primas, Lale Rodgarkia-Dara, Albin Sampel, Peter Scherz, Karin M. Schmidlechner, Ute Sonnleitner, Erika Swoboda, usw.


New contributions will be permanently added until October 31, 2021.
Collective reading

Rebellious Books: an exploration
Reading circle with Lale Rodgarkia-Dara


Duration: 17:00 – 18:30h

AK-Bibliothek & Infothek
Hanuschgasse 3, 8020 Graz

Starting time: 5 pm, Registration:, Free admission
Reading circle with Lale Rodgarkia-Dara, “Rebellious Books: an exploration”, 2021 © Johanna Lamprecht

In the context of Graz Kulturjahr 2020 and the project “Digital Reconfiguration: A cartography of the invisible”. Supported by steirischer herbst ’21 and Arbeiterkammer Steiermark (the Styrian Chamber of Labor)

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