Polona Tratnik sa saradnicima,
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photo: Damjan Švarc
Exhibition Asymmetric Europe
Curator: Dr Miško Šuvaković
Exhibition opening November 16, 2012, 7 PM
Welcome speech by: Vladimir Mitrović, acting Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Vojvodina
Speakers at the opening: Dr Barbara Steiner, Artistic Director of EUROPE n; Dr Matthias Müller-Wieferig, Director Goethe-Institute in Belgrade; Dr Miško Šuvaković, Curator.
His Excellency the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Mr. Heinz Wilhelm will attend the exhibition opening ceremony.
The exhibition Asymmetric Europe is part of a complex project. Scenarios about Europe was done at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig in 2011 and 2012. The Novi Sad exhibition within the frame of Europe n is the ealize on of a concept by one of the curators, Dr Miško Šuvaković, directly or indirectly related to the scenarios. The other curators have ealize or will realize exhibitions in their own local environments (Minsk, Łodź, London, Oslo, Beijing, San Sebastian, etc.).
ASYMMETRIC EUROPE: POTENTIALITY, COMPLEXITY, AND COMPLICITY
The exhibition Asymmetric Europe is part of a complex project. Scenarios about Europe was done at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Leipzig in 2011 and 2012. The Novi Sad exhibition within the frame of Europe n is the realisation of a concept by one of the curators, Dr Miško Šuvaković, directly or indirectly related to the scenarios. The other curators have realised or will realise exhibitions in their own local environments (Minsk, Łodź, London, Oslo, Beijing, San Sebastian, etc.).
In the context of the project Scenarios about Europe the project curator addressed issues of contemporary art on the margins of the great ‘discourses’ and ‘spectacularisations’ of a contemporary European identity. He wanted to show ‘what is now’ part of the European identity on the border lines of Southeast Europe and former Eastern Europe vis-a-vis other potential, real and fictional Europes.
In this project, contemporary European politics is posed as a reflexive discourse on the ‘sensory regimes’ of the universal European identity as opposed to hybrid European identities. It treats the relationship between symmetric and asymmetric cultural/social identities in contemporary Europe, by means of aesthetic and artistic media and post-media representations. This would be the basic stance that the exhibition conveys and that the Novi Sad project will test under the real conditions and circumstances of contemporary Vojvodina and Serbia.
Artists: Jovan Čekić, Zorica Čolić, Dejan Grba, Živko Grozdanić, IRWIN, Tadej Pogačar, Provisional SALTA Ensemble, Nika Radić, Zoran Todorović, Nataša Teofilović, Polona Tratnik, Dragomir Ugren
Lecture performance: Slavs and Tatars "Chains We Can Believe In"
November 17, 2012 / 6 PM
Conference: Curating Europe
November 17, 2012 / 7:15–9 PM
Speakers at the conference:
Barbara Steiner, Kit Hammonds, Joanna Sokołowska, Nika Radić, Miran Mohar, Miško Šuvaković
November 16, 17, 23, 27 and 30, 2012 / 5 PM
Artists: Jun Yang, Nika Radić, Koken Ergun, Aleksander Komarov, Annika Eriksson, Irwin , Abs , Boris Bezić
Europe n is a transnational project of the Excellence Initiative of the Goethe-Institut. It is a collaboration of the Goethe-Institut in Munich and the Regional Goethe-Institutes in Central and East Europe, South-East Europe, North-West and South-West Europe and East Europe/Central Asia, in Belgrade, Brussels, Istanbul, Warsaw, London, Minsk, Vilnius, Oslo, Beijing and Madrid with institutions in and outside the European Union. Europe n is coordinated by Sabine Hentzsch, Goethe-Institut in London. Artistic Director is Barbara Steiner.
The external partners are: Co-Organisers: Curating Contemporary Art Programme / Royal College of Art, London; Muzeum Sztuki, Łodź; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Hovikodden / Oslo; Associated Partners: Contemporary Art Study Centre / European Humanities University, Vilnius; Novaja Europa Magazine, Minsk; Galerie Y, Minsk; SALT, Istanbul; Muzej savremene umetnosti Vojvodine, Novi Sad; Sint-Lukasgalerie, Brussels; Taipei Contemporary Art Centre, Taipei; Vitamin Creative Space, Beijing / Guangzhou; San Telmo Museoa, Office for European Capital of Culture 2016, both Donostia-San Sebastian.
Jovan Čekić (born 1953, Belgrade, Serbia) graduated in Philosophy from the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. He has been a conceptual artist and member of Group 143. He has a PhD in philosophy of media and is a professor of new media studies at Faculty for media and communication (Belgrade, Serbia). He researches new media representations and the politics of representation in contemporary global and transitional cultures.
Zorica Čolić (born 1977, Serbia) is an artist working with a diverse range of media and themes, such as sculpture, video, audio, text, and appropriated materials. Her works often confront the audience with the uncanny, frightful experiences that are part of everyday life, but that are usually left concealed. She holds an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts (NYSCC School of Art and Design, Alfred, NY, USA) and a BFA in Studio Art (Academy of Art, Novi Sad, Serbia). Čolić currently lives and works in Belgrade.
Born in Istanbul, in 1976, Köken Ergun studied acting at the Istanbul University and completed his postgraduate diploma degree in Classics at King's College London, followed by an MA degree in Visual Communication Design at the Bilgi University. After working with American theatre director Robert Wilson, Ergun became involved more with contemporary art, specifically video and performance. He has exhibited internationally at institutions including Platform Garanti (Istanbul), Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Arts (Helsinki), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Digital ArtLab (Tel Aviv), Casino Luxembourg, Heidelberger Kunstverein and Kunsthalle Winterthur. Ergun's video works are included in public collections such as the Centre Pompidou (Paris) and Greek National Museum of Contemporary Art (Athens). Having a focus on rituals in his works Ergun has been recently collaborating with ethnologists extending his practice to academia. He is currently writing his PhD thesis at the Interart Graduate College of the Freie University on the subject of "Rituals of Isolation: Emotional Bonding in Wedding Ceremonies of the Turkish-German Community in Berlin".
Over the years, Swedish artist Annika Eriksson has produced a large number of works in which the perception of time, structures of power, and once acclaimed social visions are called into question. Many of these pieces revolve around people who are involved in group activities declaring their function within a broader social structure. Some of these scenarios are everyday life situations, which we regularly come across; to which Eriksson is alert, observing them with careful attention. Her work has been exhibited worldwide including: the DAAD Galerie Berlin, 2010; the Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, 2010; the Hayward Gallery London, 2010; the Venice Biennale, 2005; the Kunstverein München, 2003; and the Biennale de São Paulo, 2002.
Dejan Grba (born 1967, Serbia) is a visual artist, author and educator. His artistic research is focused on the conceptual, perceptual and technological aspects of visual phenomenology. He has exhibited internationally at venues including ZKM, Montevideo, <rotor>, Museum in Progress, Atelier als Supermedium, IFA, MCA Belgrade, MCVA Novi Sad, Dom Omladine Gallery and Remont Gallery. He is an assistant professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts in Belgrade. He was a guest professor at Computer Arts Program, CVPA, and Syracuse University in 2007. He has been publishing texts and essays on visual arts, and giving public lectures since 1995.
The Group ABS was formed in 2003 in Zagreb. It consists of: Alan Alabić (1976), Ivica Blažić (1975) and Ivan Skvrce (1980). The members of the group majored in painting at the Zagreb Academy of Fine Arts. After graduating in 2003 they are presently attending the final year of postgraduate studies at the Academy for Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. The members of the Group ABS live and work between Zagreb, Rijeka and Krk.
Živko Grozdanić (born 1957, Vršac, Vojvodina, Serbia) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo in 1983. He was the founder and the Director of the Yugoslav Youth Biennial from 1994–2004, Vršac, and the founder of Košava and Art Context magazines for contemporary art and culture. He also founded the Konkordija Center for Contemporary Culture, and the Konkordija Gallery. Until 2011 he has been the Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina in Novi Sad. He works with political and cultural (gender, national, class, post-socialist) modes of representations.
IRWIN was constituted in 1983 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Its members include: Dušan Mandić (born 1954, Ljubljana), Miran Mohar (born 1958, Novo Mesto), Andrej Savski (born 1961, Ljubljana), Roman Urenjak (born 1961, Trbovlje), Borut Vogelnik (born 1959, Kranj). In 1984, the group co-founded a larger collective known as Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK). IRWIN have exhibited widely in Europe and the USA, including Manifesta in Rotterdam and Ljubljana; the Venice Biennale; After the Wall, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, 1999; Aspects/Positions, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria, 1999; and the Moscow Biennale. In 1992 the "NSK State in Time" was established: a non-territorial artistic state – the first global state of the universe – which now has thousands of citizens around the world.
Janez Janša, Janez Janša and Janez Janša was formed in 2007 in Ljubljana. Janez Janša is the name of the former Prime Minister of Slovenia. He is currently the President of the opposition party: the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS). In the summer of 2007 three well-known Slovenian artists officially changed their name to "Janez Janša". All of their works, their private affairs – in a word their whole life – has been conducted under this name ever since.
Aleksander Komarov (born 1971, Grodna, Belarus, lives in Berlin and Rotterdam) works with various media, primarily video. A main topic of his films is the manifestation of power, e.g. political, economical and religious, and the way it is communicated. Together with the artist Susanne Kriemann, Aleksander Komarov is running the artist-in-residency space AIR Berlin Alexanderplatz open for artists, architects and theoreticians.
Tadej Pogačar (born 1960, Ljubljana, Slovenia) graduated from the Ethnology and History of Art at the University of Ljubljana. He graduated in 1988 with a degree in painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and completed his postgraduate studies in 1990 at the same institution. He lives and works in Ljubljana. He is an artist, curator and artistic director of the P74 Centre and Gallery, based in Ljubljana and is a founder and director of the P. A. R. A. S. I. T. E. Museum of Contemporary Art, a virtual critical formation established in 1990. He works with cultural modes of contemporary everyday life.
Nika Radić was born in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1968. As a child Radić lived in Zagreb, London and Toronto. She studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb and graduated in 1992. She also studied art history at the University of Vienna as she had an interest in the different approaches of art being taught in practice and theory based studies. She graduated in 2008 and lives between Berlin and Zagreb. She works with modes of communication and representation in contemporary culture.
Joanna Sokołowska is a curator at the Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź. Her work has focused on the intersections and frictions between art, economy and politics against the backdrop of the current transformations in labour conditions. She has also been interested in the formation of aesthetic communities and the role of art in the production of non-utilitarian prototypes of social relations. Her curatorial projects include: Eyes Looking for a Head to Inhabit, Workers Leaving the Workplace, Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź; Accretions, Galerija Škuc, Ljubljana; Another City, Another Life, Zachęta Narodowa Galeria Sztuki, Warsaw.
Nataša Teofilović (born 1968, lives in Pančevo and Belgrade, Serbia) is an architect and representative of digital art. She works in different media, from graphic representations of spatial settings to experimental video works and interactive performances. In each media, she is aware of the context of the respective work. She also reflects the very spatial, contextual and political nature of the respective issue she is dealing with. In 2007, she exhibited at the Ars Electronica in Linz.
Zoran Todorović (born 1965, lives in Belgrade, Serbia) is a representative of biopolitical performance, radical body art, interhuman performance art and politicised postmedia art. He works with affective individual and collective situations and representations of the borders of "human conditions". He was the representative of Serbia at the 53rd Biennale di Venezia (2009). He is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Belgrade, Serbia.
Polona Tratnik (born 1976, lives in Ljubljana, Slovenia) is a representative of bioart and biotheory. Her artistic or cultural work intertwines with science, especially biotechnology. She graduated from the University of Primorska, Faculty of Humanities, with a doctorate in philosophy and theory of visual culture (entitled "Understanding The End of Art – from Hegel to Danto", 2007). She is Assistant Professor for Philosophy of Culture at the University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia.
Dragomir Ugren (born 1951, Bosanska Krupa) graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade, 1978. After this he became an expert consultant for contemporary art at the gallery Likovni Susreti, Subotica from 1982 until 1989. He was director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Novi Sad from 1996 until 2002 and the founder and chief editor of the visual arts magazine Projecta®t, Novi Sad, from 1993 until 2001.
Jun Yang was born in Qingtian, China, in 1975. Today he lives and works in Taipei, Vienna and Yokohama. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Having grown up in various cultural contexts, in his artistic work Jun Yang investigates the influence of media images on concepts of identity. Together with other curators and artists he was responsible for the foundation of the Taipei Contemporary Art Center in Taipei. He is a visiting professor at the Arts and Design Department of the Yuan Ze University in Taiwan. As an artist Jun Yang has participated at Manifest 4, 2002, the Venice Biennial, 2005 and the Taipei Biennial 2008. He is represented by: Martin Janda Gallery, Vienna; Vitamin Creative Space, Guangzhou / Beijing; and ShugoArts, Tokyo.