Monument to transformation / 30 septembrie / 19h00 / Centrul de Introspectie Vizuala

MONUMENT TO TRANSFORMATION
www.monumenttotransformation.org
30 septembrie – 13 noiembrie
Centrul de Introspectie Vizuala / Str. Biserica Enei nr 16
www.pplus4.ro

Curatori: Vít Havránek & Zbyněk Baladrán

Monument to Transformation prezinta rezultatul a mai mult de doi ani de cercetare dedicata „transformarii sociale”. Conceputa ca spatiu imaginativ si analitic, expozitia de la Bucuresti permite vizitatorului sa observe si sa reflecte asupra proceselor schimbarii, declansate odata cu caderea cortinei si continuate, intr-o anumita masura, pana in prezent. Modul in care acest subiect este abordat este influentat de un sentiment de afiliere la aceste schimbari care ne afecteaza inca si astazi. In consecinta, proiectul reprezinta o incercare de a examina „transformarea” ca pe un proces “trait”si care se incheie treptat.

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© Anatoly Osmolovsky | Way to Brobdingnag | (Osmolovsky / Majakovskij) | 1993 | courtesy of the gallery pop/off/art

Cercetand procesele transformarii, cei doi curatori au abandonat teoriile reductioniste ale regiunii din care provin si pe care o reprezinta, extinzand analiza lor asupra unor productii artistice si teoretice ce suprind transformarile din tari precum Spania, Coreea de Sud, Indonezia, Rusia, Azerbaijian, Germania, Albania si Polonia. Incercarea de a formula caracteristicile trans-locale ale transformarii a presupus abandonul constructiei stigmatizante a asa-zisei “Europe de Est” si alegerea unei noi harti diferite a lumii aflate in transformare.

Expozitia va prezenta mai multe lucrari unice, referinte ale perioadei investigate. Vor fi prezentate lucrari de Babi Badalov, Fernando Sanchez Castillo, René Gabri & Ayreen Anastas, Lise Harlev, Anibal Lopez, Peggy Meinfelder, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Anggun Priambodo, Artur Zmijewski.

Eveniment organizat de: tranzitdisplay si Centrul de Introspectie Vizuala
Partener principal: Fundatia ERSTE
Cu sprijinul: Ministerul Culturii din Republica Ceha, Centrul Ceh, Centrul European de Cultura Sinaia, Czech Airlines, Pilsner Urquell
In parteneriat cu: UAP, Sato Art, Fabrik
Parteneri media: 24-FUN, Arhitext, Arhitectura, cocormediachannel, 9am.ro, port.ro, HotNews.ro, feeder.ro, studentie.ro

 

ENGLISH VERSION

The exhibition presents the outcome of more than two years of researching “social transformation“. It is conceived as an imaginative and analytical space that – with a certain distance – enables the visitor to see and reflect the processes of change that started by the fall of the Iron Curtain and have to an extent continued until the present. The way this topic is approached is influenced by a feeling of affiliation to these changes which are in a way co-formed by us and whose impact affects and influences us. It is therefore an attempt to look at “transformation” as at a “lived out” and gradually receding process.

While researching transformation processes, we abandoned the reductive theories of the region that we come from and that we represent. We extended research to artistic and theoretical outputs that reflect the transformations in Spain, South Korea, Indonesia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Germanny, and Albany, Poland. The attempt to newly formulate trans-local specifics of transformation meant to abandon the stigmatic construction of so-called “Eastern Europe” and opt for a differentiated, authoritative and new map of the world of transformation.

One of the possible ways how to approach this exhibition is to see it as a layer with various artifacts that are mutually connected. The exhibition presents a group of theoretical and artistic outputs that go back together to a certain time and place and represent a sum of past activities. The motif of this common return to the past is the need to destroy the clarity and definiteness of the view of the “transformation” that one has gained through individual experience.

The exhibition will present several unique works of art that have never been on display in Romania before and that belong to the cornerstone references of that period.
Polish artist Artur Zmijewski brought together young representatives of two political groupings in his film They. He staged leftists and conservative Catholics in an empty fabric space to persuade each other and to lead discussions. It is an exemplificative display of real political controversy that is the basis of society. The film is based on a definition of democracy as a natural conflict where different views of the world are a natural component of the system. The system, however, has to be embedded in such a way as not to wipe away the mechanisms of conflict and not to become violent (Chantal Mouffe).
Another unique piece is a project by Peggy Meinfelder,  100 Western Marks. Peggy Meinfelder –  intrigued by the memory that just after the border between what were formerly  East (GDR) and West (FRG) Germany was opened, East Germans crossing the frontier received a “welcoming sum” of 100 western marks – created an ever-growing collection (of over 2,000 items, a small fraction of which is on display here) of objects which they bought with their first western 100-mark note. Each object is described in a short story or a memory of the “dreamed of” item they bought.
The art work Schizopoetry – this is the way Azerbaijani artist Babi Badalov blends popular culture, Russia’s imperial past and the communist legacy with local traditions in Central Asia, combining the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets, English and Russian, and photography and drawings to create a forceful, poetic portrait of the schizophrenic cultural situation in Central Asia. The result is a series of poetic drawings (maps) of the post-communist state of affairs presented with a peculiar, straightforward power.

The exhibition is curated by Vít Havránek and Zdeněk Baladrán.
Vít Havránek is an art historian and theoretician. He worked as a curator in the Municipal Gallery Prague, in the National Gallery in Prague and since 2002 has been the director of the initiative tranzit.cz (www.tranzit.org). He writes texts about contemporary art for catalogues (Centre Pompidou Paris, MIT Press etc.) and organizes and curates exhibitions (Secession Vienna, tranzitdielne Bratislava, Le Plateau Paris, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Municipal Gallery Prague etc.). He is an associated editor for JRP Ringier, Zurich, and lecturer at the Academy of Applied Arts in Prague and abroad (Stedelijk Museum, MIT Boston, Konstfack Stockholm etc.). In 2010, he will be curating the European biennial Manifesta 8.
Zbyněk Baladrán is an artist, author and curator, living and working in Prague. He studied art history at the Charles University in Prague and visual arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. He regularly exhibits in the Czech Republic and abroad (Manifesta 5, Folkwang Museum Essen, Monthermoso Vittori etc.). He is one of the founders and curators of the gallery tranzitdisplay in Prague. Since 2006, he has been working on the project Monument to Transformation.

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