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  • Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective
    22 December 2017 − 10 March 2018

    Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective 22/12/17 –  10/03/18 Loans by Kontakt: Vlado Martek: Ciklus Soneti / Sonnet Cycle, 1978-79 Raša Todosijević: Znak / Sign, 1971; Skulptura / Sculpture, 1971; Was ist Kunst, Patricia Hennings? / What is Art, Patricia Hennings?, 1976; Was ist Kunst, Marinela Koželj? / What is Art, Marinela Koželj?, 1978 Tamás St. Auby: Kentaur / Centaur, 1973-1975/ 2009 Curators: Sabine Hänsgen, Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň Nová synagóga in Žilina presents the exhibition Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective curated by Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň and Sabine Hänsgen. The exhibition brings together more than forty artists, poets and creative groups from the countries of the former Eastern Europe as well as contemporary artistic positions. The exhibition will be opened on December 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by a series of several performances and will run until March 10th 2018. In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene. The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings. The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure. Artists: Milan Adamčiak, Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Bosch+Bosch (Attila Csernik, Slavko Matković, László Szalma), Collective Actions Group, Ľubomír Ďurček, Else Gabriel / Via Lewandowsky, Rimma Gerlovina, Tomislav Gotovac, Group of Six Artists, Bohumila Grögerová / Josef Hiršal, Gino Hahnemann, Václav Havel, Jörg Herold, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Kinship Moho (Zuzana Jasenková, Kristína Országhová, Magdaléna Scheryová), Dávid Koronczi, Katalin Ladik, Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Vlado Martek, Andrei Monastyrski, Monogramista T.D, Ladislav Novák, Pavel Novotný, NSRD (Hardijs Lediņš, Juris Boiko, Imants Žodžiks), OHO Group (Nuša & Srečo Dragan, Naško Križnar), Boris Ondreička, Orange Alternative, Roman Osminkin, Ewa Partum, Bogdanka Poznanović, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Nóra Ružičková / Marianna Mlynárčiková, Mladen Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Raša Todosijević, Jaromír Typlt, Jiří Valoch. Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia J. M. Hurbana 220/11, 010 01 Wednesday — Sunday, 1 p.m. — 7 p.m. free entry (voluntary) http://www.novasynagoga.sk/poetry-performance/

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Erzen Shkololli

The works of Erzen Shkololli address the traumata of the Kosovo war as well as the fate that many of his fellow citizens have had to cope with since the 1990s. Though many inhabitants of former Eastern Europe believed in the long-anticipated process of liberation that began in 1989, Serbian leader Slobodan Milošević revoked Kosovo’s status as an independent province of Serbia during the same year and crushed the people’s hope. The repression of Albanians, that province’s largest ethnic group, led to the formation of the Kosovo Liberation Army and an insurgency which Milošević beat down in 1998, forcing 800,000 ethnic Albanians to leave their homes. A three-month NATO bombing campaign in 1999 compelled Milošević to back down. Even today, Serbia still does not recognize Kosovo’s independence, which was first claimed in 1991.

In his photo and video works, Shkololli works with traditional folkloristic and ethnic tools and rituals that people still carry out, albeit always with a (post-)war metaphor in mind. Shkololli’s backdrops are often sites affected by the Kosovo war, and these produce a distancing effect in the beholder. Dilapidated or destroyed houses, ruins, and the remnants of a past life are juxtaposed with moments of extreme beauty under extraordinary conditions, giving rise to an overall impression of collages of the unreal. 

Beginning in 1999, the war zone was controlled by the UN Interim Administration Mission (UNMIK), which was stationed in the country until 2005. This transitional phase brought to the fore the shattered dreams of an entire decade, but also a longing for a brighter future, both of which lie at the core of Shkololli’s artistic reflections. Various realities of the past, the present and the future intermingle so as to comment on the state of a nation whose independence as a republic has been recognized by over 85 countries since 2008. Shkololli poetically recounts stories about dreams, desires, and the belief in a country where questions of belonging have been among the most prevalent issues for more than a decade and, today, continue to be so.

W.S.

 

1976, Peja / KO, at that time Jugoslavija

Erzen Shkololli is an artist and curator. Furthermore is he co-founder of EXIT Contemporary Art Institute in Peje (Kosovo). Shkololli studied at the Faculty of Arts in Prishtina (Kosovo). In 2001 he was awarded the “Premio Michetti Prize of the Fondazion Michetti di Francavilla al Mare” (Italy).

Lives and works in Prishtina, Kosovo.


Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2009     “Wreath”, daadgalerie, Berlin, Germany


Group Exhibitions (selected):

2011     “MULTIPLIZIEREN IST MENSCHLICH“, Edition Block, Berlin, Germany

2010     “Gender Check - Rollenbilder in der Kunst Osteuropas“, MUMOK Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria; Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland

2009     “Neuerwerbungen 2009“, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany

2008     “No Place - like Home. Perspectives on Migration in Europe” argos, Brussels, Belgium

2006     “New Video, New Europe”, The Kitchen, New York City, USA

2005     “We Are What We Are”, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2004     “Further Passages”, Renaissance Society, Chicago, USA

2003     “Blut & Honig - Zukunft ist am Balkan“, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria

2002     “In search of Balkania”, Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria

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