E-motion to cohabit
Galleria d’Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti, Verona
October 9 – November 28, 2010
Opening: Friday, October 8, 2010 at 12.00
Curated by: Aurora Fonda and Radmila Iva Janković
Artists: BridA (SI), Vesna Bukovec (SI), Lada Cerar (SI), Marijan Crtalić (HR), Igor Eškinja (HR), KOLEKTIVA (SI), Andreja Kulunčić (HR), Vlado Martek (HR), Marjetica Potrč (SI), Marijana Vukić (HR), Metka Zupanič (SI)
About the exhibition:
This year we are continuing to exchange ideas with the contemporary art world in the countries of East Europe. After the last edition, focussed on Bosnia-Herzegovina, this year Aurora Fonda from the Centro Espositivo Pubblico Sloveno, Venice, and Radmila Iva Janković, from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, will present a selection of works by twelve artists from Slovenia and Croatia.
We will be presenting a part of that fragmentary culture which in the past century was known as Mitteleuropa or Middle Europe: a geographical mass considered as a paradigm for western post-modern culture and characterized by the eclecticism and fluidity of its values and by its opposition to the two East/West monolithic blocks.
Ever since antiquity mankind has felt the need to build and delimit areas so as to help his perception of the surrounding world. Effectively, confines do not exist in nature apart from various insurmountable natural barriers. So it is obvious that the human mind cannot imagine a world without physical and mental structures which, in some way, impose limits on our actions and, in exchange, offer us a sense of security.
Art too is an example of this contradiction; in fact, the physical structure of works of art create a space within a space, whether they are installations or simple pictures: these, paradoxically, claim to go open the viewers’ mind to a wider awareness by expanding beyond the exhibition space itself.
Starting from these concepts, we have aimed at constructing a show that, taking into account the emblematic situation of the Italian Northeast which is hosting it, turns its attention to the contemporary art scene in two bordering countries: Slovenia and Croatia.
Here we are faced with a series of economic, social, cultural, and linguistic differences and limits which coalesce to create a fluid situation that can be grasped by observing the works on show.
From a creative point of view, noting the differences and the dialogue between them means becoming aware of the concept of limits seen from a new perspective: that of artists who can display a fascinating discovery to us, one where a single individual’s language can become the spokesman for the specifics of his origins. That kind of tension which, instead of being a defect, can actually be a strong point which is manifested in the differences in the interpretation of a subject that these artists have to face every day: the body, communications, the territory, space, and social concerns.
This exhibition has been made possible by the collaboration between ArtVerona, the City of Verona’s cultural office, the Galleria d’Arte Moderna Palazzo Forti, the A+A gallery, and the Gallerie Costiere, Piran; it has been sponsored by the Slovenian Ministry for Culture, the Consulate of the Slovenian Republic in Trieste, and Zagreb City Council.
The exhibiton is part of the accompanying program of ArtVerona 2010.
Metka Zupanič, installation Too many words (2010)
‘TOO MANY WORDS’ project turns the view closely to some isolated sentences, mostly used in titles of art critics. What can artist get or take from an art critic? Usually this relation presumes the critic in role of interpret of artists work. Here, I’m visually interpreting the critic’s words. The relation between words and images is thus turned over; text is now in the role of inspiration for the artist. Same goes for the relation between artist and critic – artist is benevolently absorbing words of critic and transforming them into new ideas for artistic creativity. Isn’t this a fine model for a utopian artistic close-circuit?
KOLEKTIVA (Lada Cerar, Vesna Bukovec and Metka Zupanič) is participating with a new sculpture made of gutter pipes entitled Lost in Communication. The sculpture is flexible and can be assembled in random forms. The banded pipes are a metaphor for difficulties in communication.