Under the joint title I/ON THE WAY (NA-POTI), two thematically closely related projects will be on display at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška (KGLU) this autumn. Both projects revolve around the central theme of migration, refugees, people’s personal stories and experiences as well as around their consequences for both the political and economic image of Europe and the mental framework of the people and the citizens of Europe.
Story Time emphasises the significance of knowing the cultural histories of various nations and milieus, for it is precisely this knowledge that represents the first common point on the way towards understanding other cultures arriving in Europe with migratory flows. The invited artists will reinterpret cultural histories and cultural contexts from both European and Arabic worlds. They will emphasise questions related to postulates such as humanity, peace, war, good and evil, and, at the same time, they will interrogate the role of the individual and thus also the individual’s responsibility towards fellow human beings. The invited artists will convene workshops in pairs. In the workshops, they will use dialogue to develop new interpretations of traditional motifs in the light of the migrant crisis. Although some of the presented artworks touch upon global issues, most of the participating artists approach the topic from the individual’s position and experience of the present situation. The artists will present their working methods and the issues they have been tackling as well as the starting points for the newly conceived works, which will be included in the Story Time exhibition (12. 10., KGLU), which will be on display under the umbrella title of In/On the Way.
I/ON THE WAY
The Story Time exhibition is part of an international project focusing on cultural contexts and traditions transmitted precisely through stories, which in turn offer an opportunity to establish and build new collective and connected memories and experiences despite the cultural differences dividing the European and the Arab worlds. In September, Slovenj Gradec will host the following artists in residence: Nika Autor, Vesna Bukovec, Nadine Kaadan, Jure Markota, Jalal Maghout, Škart. During their stay in Slovenj Gradec, the artists will convene workshops and participate in conversations and presentations, while they will also conceive works to be exhibited in public space, which will be on display simultaneously with the Migrations of Fear exhibition.
Participant artists: Nika Autor, Kim Albrecht, Vesna Bukovec, Lana Čmajčanin, Nadine Kaadan, Jure Markota, Jalal Maghout, Škart.
Curators: Andreja Hribernik & Katarina Hergold Germ
Migrations of fear
Fear is a basic, natural, defensive reaction to danger, which could reveal itself in acts of aggression, surrender, or retreat. However, in contrast to the inhabitants of Nature, fear has a much wider range of manifestations among human beings: from the mere physical annihilation of the bearer of the alleged danger to the more subtle ways of expression, such as hatred, prejudices, intolerance. Human fear could be justified, but also illusory, a symptom of a mental disorder or a result of some kind of manipulation, exerted on an individual by other individuals. It is not only psychological, but also social phenomenon, and, as such, it belongs to human history and society. The 21st century, marked by the events of 9/11, gave worldwide rise to an ever-growing fear and anxiety, that were unknown to some extent to the western societies at the time, and that have recently taken unprecedented proportions, due to the terrorist attacks in Europe, the refugee wave and the subsequent humanitarian crisis. Various researches have shown that migration and terrorism are what the Europeans now fear most. However, fears of unemployment, of the deepening social inequality, of personal failure or financial ruin have been lurking in the old, as well as in the newly-born, capitalist societies for decades. The refugee wave only gave one last powerful impulse, which unlocked what has already been suppressed, more or less, for some time. Instability and constant threat gave impetus to the nationalist and far-right movements. The scepticism about the concept for a united Europe has intensified among the population of the EU member-states. This is where the project Migrations Of Fear takes its starting point. It evolves around the real, phantom, individual or common fears in general, which have surfaced in the last few years. Those fears, and above all the ways the contemporary (European) society could find in order to defeat them, are the spheres, which the project intends to explore.
Participant artists: Azra Aksamija, Nika Autor, Simon Chang, Lana Cmajcanin, Petya Dimitrova, Dejan Kaludjerovic, Daniela Kostova, Luiza Magran, Emil Mirazchiev, Alban Muja, Oliver Ressler, Skart, Kamen Stoyanov, Ute Richter, Borjana Ventzislavova, Clara Wildberger
Curators: Ilina Koralova, Boris Kostadinov