Curated by Ivana Marjanović
When Nina Hoechtl learned about her distant ancestor from Innsbruck, Anton “Toni” Mayer, a dedicated follower of Maximilian of Habsburg and his wife Charlotte of Belgium in their colonial-imperial undertakings in Mexico in the 19th century, she began her work of interrogating the colonial past of the family tree. A number of relationships and delusions opened up. This was a point of departure for creating her film essay Delirio Güero I White Delusion (2021).
Nina Hoechtl invites us to look “back to the present” through the lenses of speculative future and storytelling based on archival research and historical events in Mexico and Austria. As a member of the queer/cuir feminist collective INVASORIX in Mexico City and a co-initiator of the Secretariat of Ghosts, Archival Politics, and Gaps (SKGAL) in Vienna, her work is deeply grounded in transnational collective feminist and decolonizing practices.