Thursday, June 15, 2023

PRECARITY HAS A CHANCE: Public spaces in movement (toward) Group exhibition 16 June - 29 July 2023 Structura Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria

PRECARITY HAS A CHANCE: Public spaces in movement (toward)
Group exhibition
16 June - 29 July 2023
Structura Gallery Sofia, Bulgaria
Artists: Elena Chemerska, Iskra Dimitrova, Hristina Ivanoska, Slavica Janeslieva, Gjorgje Jovanovik, Filip Jovanovski, Verica Kovacevska, Shqipe Mehmeti, Oliver Musovik, Natasha Nedelkova, Dorotej Neshovski, OPA (Obsessive Possessive Aggression), Aleksandra Petrushevska Ristovska, Nada Prlja, Dita Starova Qerimi, Nikola Uzunovski, Dragana Zarevska & Gjorgji Despodov, Velimir Zernovski
Curator: Ivana Vaseva
Produced by Faculty of things that can’t be learned – FRU in partnership with Structura Gallery in the frames of AKTO 18 festival for contemporary arts and 20 years of DENES award. Supported by Trust For Mutual Understanding (TMU), New York

The rapid shrinking of public space amid global capitalism is directly damaging the emergence of the public sphere and, consequently, the public person. The atomization and subsequent privatization of public spaces depoliticizes everyday life and changes whole contexts and ecosystems in the post-truth era.
The neoliberal urban restructuring in post-socialist societies has shrunk and transformed public spaces to sites for passive reception of consumerist and nationalist messages rather than being places for nurturing democratic political subjectivities.
Artists have always tended to enter contested and polarized grounds, to set the stage for the public to emerge, to imagine “new ways of operating” in the formal rules and “disciplinary structures” as de Certeau’s tactics... And, this selection is precisely that – different artistic endeavors that reclaim and redefine the public sphere and the public space by creating tactics for its re-conquest and access for the precarized and silenced. These art practices can create public space anew through the struggles for the rights and in close relation with the social movements or even stimulate them in times when it seems that they are weak.
Some of them are going to the public space (once) belonging to the community or the neighborhood, and together with the local residents they try to evoke the memory of solidarity and togetherness and to reestablish the significance of the public anew, while calling for reparation. Such is the case with the former communal – now privatized building Domche in Filip Jovanovski’s work, then the erection of a wall in Berlin by Nada Prlja, the significance of cultural heritage for a better future through the narrative of one modernist building and the surrounding buildings designed by architect Frano Gotovac in Split in Verica Kovacevska’s work, through the public actions for the preservation of a local street and its ecosystem as a collaboration with the neighbors in Przhino by Iskra Dimitrova, to the neglected public space as a monument dedicated to the freedom in Kochani in Elena Chemerska’s work, and public children parks and the disappearance of playgrounds and subsequent changes in the children’s games as in Dorotej Neshovski’s work.
Others tackle social issues and are in solidarity with the underprivileged and marginalized, jointly creating temporary (public) spaces in the city and its institutions. In her work, Slavica Janeslieva reflects on the underprivileged position of migrants though her own personal lens. In the work The Roma, Oliver Musovik focuses on their game that creates another space at a time of big protests against authoritarianism, as well as against privatization, Velimir Zernovski creates a platform to give voice to people with atypical development and their artistic potentials, Hristina Ivanoska strengthens the feminist voice in our society though a critical perspective and through this practice challenges the existing narratives thus creating different public space, while Dita Starova Qerimi and Shqipe Mehmeti explore the medium of painting to give focus on the woman’s position in a patriarchal society and motivates her to fight for a better future.
And, there is a third gateway that continues to fight against the contemporary threats of disillusionment created by illiberal governments in late capitalism, such as the fake feeling of democracy and freedom of expression and speech also resulting directly from diminishing the public and the public space, as well as by using irony. This can be seen in the work by OPA, the fake feeling of security and belonging, especially in the era of post-truth and fake news as in Natasha Nedelkova’s work which talks about the current environment of toxicity in nature and media, the different models to present defiance against the shrinking of so many rights – freedom of speech, freedom of public expression and freedom of public space as in Gjorgje Jovanovik’s work, or even becoming apocalyptical in the isolated, dehumanized and speechless public building’s interiors of the specific Yugoslav socialist modernism in Aleksandra Petrushevska Ristovska’s paintings, and the post-human apocalyptical landscape that Dragana Zarevska and Gjorgji Despodov are introducing through the perspective of the persona/phenomenon of queen(ness) .… while Nikola Uzunovski envisions platforms for people, animals and plants in the face of the alarming climate changes and urgent need to preserve the biodiversity and natural resources.
This selection brings together various voices that have expressed dissatisfaction with and defiance against the suppressive mechanisms and geometries of power and exclusion, and acquire visibility and power to transform implemented policies. They are sometimes indirectly relational and sometimes collaborational, but if simultaneously executed and articulated, they present an opportunity to form micro public spaces in movement of an imaginary (artistic) community that would re-establish the public.
The selected works in this research are located in the intersection between art, activism and sometimes include research in architecture and urbanism, sociology and anthropology, law and the rule of law... They are strongly embedded in the local context(s), although talking about global processes that are familiar to other distant places; they are intersubjective and collaborative, where the aesthetic quality is mixed with the ethical one. In different proportions, all the works try to publicly and loudly show that public space is an important element of democracy, and is not something solid but a changeable asset that should be constantly demanded. They are important critical responses to that reality, and bring the potential for its re conquest through the constant presence, contestation and perpetuation of the discourse that a living and inhabited public space is essential for a democratic process.

Monday, May 1, 2023

Student Podkast

Europe House Buzz April 2023

PhD, MFA, Dean of FFA

Arts record human existence and transmit these experiences and events to future generations. Art has always been a form of communication.

Our country belongs to a region that abounds in rich cultural heritage. Archaeological sites document the ancient existence and cultivation of arts. Furthermore, featuring specific folklore traditions and creativity in all kinds of art, the artists (performing in fine art, music, literature, and theatre) have continued their artistic expression with particular success and quality until today.

On many occasions, we emphasize the role of the arts in creating a better society. However, a constant reminder seems more than necessary, although the arts play an essential role in our daily life. From a very young age, we teach our children to read with the help of an image that helps them get to know sounds and words, dance, or take on a role and act. Allow me to speak more about the visual/fine arts.

Today we live in a world filled with images. The modern age of television, film, advertisements, YouTube, Instagram and infographics compels us to think visually and develop visual rhetoric. At the same time, this kind of thinking allows decoding, translating, deciphering and describing the visual expression and encourages us to be more adventurous in breaking the rules and overcoming stereotypes.

World Art Day has been celebrated on the 15th of April since 2012. Although artists themselves passionately dedicate their lives to the creation of their work and promotion of the arts daily, together with the Europe House Team, we celebrate this day to bring the visual/fine arts closer to audiences who would not generally visit museums, galleries or any other art exhibition space. This celebration allows us to highlight the pivotal role of the arts in social cohesion and communication among people from diverse backgrounds and interests because, to put it simply, the interaction among individuals essentially means the exchange of ideas and overcoming differences.

In this way, by involving the younger generations of visual/fine artists (especially the students from the Faculty of Fine Arts, UKIM in Skopje), we try to raise the criteria for and build awareness of the lasting cultural values and the importance of having an open and emancipated mind.

Ars longa, vita brevis.

prof. Slavica Janešlieva, PhD, MFA, Dean of FFA, UKIM in Skopje

Monday, May 16, 2022

Mirror - Face to Face, Italian and Macedonian Artists exhibition, Italia


Slavica Janeslieva, TAILORING BY SYMBOLISM No.5, 2020

Villa Caldogno, main floor
Saturday 21st May 2022, 6.00 pm
(free admission)
Villa Caldogno, basement - Via Zanella, 3 - CALDOGNO (VI)
From 21st Maye to 5th June 2022
Monday and Friday 9:00 - 12:00 / 15:00 - 18:00
Saturday and Sunday 9:00 - 12:00 / 15:00 - 18:00
(free admission)
Also in the 2022 the Club for UNESCO of Vicenza continues its work of exploring the panorama of contemporary art graphics by proposing, for this sixth edition of the Mirror - Face to Face review, a selection of works by Italian and Macedonian artists. The six previous exhibitions brought artists from Macedonia, Estonia, Chile, Portugal, Bulgaria and Serbia alongside those of our home. The circle is therefore closed with a double move, a return to the origins but to look forward. Welcome back Macedonia.
Fifty-seven artists, including Italians and Macedonians, take part in this edition of Mirror - Face to Face 2022. They were invited to propose their work to the public by encouraging discussion on the artprint through different themes, techniques, interpretative perspectives.
The mirror is the gateway between the real and imaginary world, contrast between eye and gaze, exteriority and interiority, oscillation between seeing (reflecting) and understanding (making people reflect), the mirror reveals what is beyond the figurative dimension represented in the prints, expanding the space and offering the viewer perceptive doubling.
The Italian exhibition is curated by Valeria Bertesina, curator and project leader (also curator of the International Biennial Di Carta/Papermade in Schio, Vicenza), while the Macedonian exhibition is curated by Vlado Goreski (also curator of International Triennial of Graphic Art Bitola, representative of Macedonian artists).
The UNESCO Club of Vicenza and the Residence - Palace of Culture of Bitola, with the support of others and Institutions, primarily Qu.Bi Gallery and VenetArt cultural association of Vicenza and the Department of Culture of the Caldogno's Municipality, take care of the organization , respectively, for Italy and Macedonia.
Mirror - Face to Face pursues the guidelines of the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the Council of Europe Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society.
Mirror - Face to Face
Terry Agostini, Mario Alimede, Maja Anastasova, Ferdinando Andreozzi, Silvia Baldisserotto, Enrico Bani, Sergio Bigolin, Sasho Blazes, Gaby Bon, Gabriele Bordignon, Atanas Botev, Luca Bruno, Martina Carollo, Anna Coccoli, Miroslava Cvetković, Ladislav Cvetkovski, Domen Dimovski, Valentina Formisano, Paolo Gidoni, Vlado Goreski, Valentina Ilijevska, Raffaele Iommi,
Stefan Jakimowski, Slavica Janešlieva, Maja Kirovska, Lanfranco Lanari, Jana Lulovska, Antonio Malaspina, Cecilia Maran, Macarena Marin Ramirez, Monica Martin, Michela Mascarucci, Shqipe
Mehmeti, Arianna Meini, Marcela Miranda, Erminia Mitrano, Dominika Morariu, Monica Pellattiero, Elisa Pellizzari, Maria Pilotto, Giulia Pittaro, Silvio Pozzati, Goran Ristovski, Alessandra Roccasalva, Sabina Romanin, Vladimir Simonovski, Massimo Spadari, Maria Svetieva, Grazia Tagliente, Dragancho Tanevski, Caterina Tedeschini, Giovanni Timpani, Ilija Trajkovski, Maria Maddalena
Tuccelli, Zaneta Vangeli, Samadhi Vinciguerra, Marta Viviani
INFO: + 39 04441871902 Qu.Bi Gallery

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Group exhibition: Once more will be way too much: Mediating (Im)possibilities, Zagreb


 𝕁𝕠𝕤̌ 𝕛𝕖𝕕𝕟𝕠𝕞 𝕔́𝕖 𝕓𝕚𝕥𝕚 𝕡𝕣𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕤̌𝕖: ℙ𝕠𝕤𝕣𝕖𝕕𝕠𝕧𝕒𝕟𝕛𝕖 (𝕟𝕖)𝕞𝕠𝕘𝕦𝕔́𝕟𝕠𝕤𝕥𝕚 ⬛
Pogon Jedinstvo - mala dvorana, Trnjanska struga 34
Otvorenje izložbe i promocija knjige: 12.05.2022., 20:00h
Radno vrijeme izložbe: 13.-17.05.2022., 10:30 - 19:00h
Ulaz: slobodan
Izložba “Još jednom će biti previše: Posredovanje (ne)mogućnosti” tematizira ulogu nezavisne kulture u Sjevernoj Mmakedoniji iz dva ugla: s jedne strane oslanjajući se na prekarnu poziciju umjetnika koja ponajviše prozilazi iz nedostatka institucionalne potpore za njihov rad, i s druge strane ističući politički i transformativni potencijal umjetnika i njihovih radova. Pozicija umjetnika još uvijek se smatra paradigmatskom pozicijom otpora pa tako umjetnici individualno i kroz različite vidove suradnje pokušavaju propitati dominantni diskurs koji definira identitet, teritorij, granice, migracijske politike i beskućništvo, kao i ksenofobiju i govor mržnje ukorijenjene u svakodnevicu. Jedno od ključnih pitanja jest kako umjetnost može stvarno sudjelovati u društvu i postati djelotvorni instrument promjene, te može li iznjedriti nove vrijednosti kroz kulturne institucije?
U Pogonu izlažu izlažu Velimir Zernovski, Slavica Janeshlieva, Oliver Musovik, Nikola Uzunoski, Igor Toshevski, Darko Aleksovski, Monika Moteska, Yane Calovski, Hristina Ivanoska, Verica Kovačevska, Nada Prlja i Gjorgje Jovanovik.

"Monument Dedicated to the End of The 20th and Beginning of 21st Century" (with two unintentional human errors), 2016
130x100x200cm., tent, 2 colors sawing thread.
Foto: Stanimir Nedelkovski, copyright: Slavica Janešlieva

⬛ ℙ𝕣𝕠𝕞𝕠𝕔𝕚𝕛𝕒 𝕜𝕟𝕛𝕚𝕘𝕖 ❞𝕀𝕟 𝔻𝕚𝕒𝕝𝕠𝕘𝕦𝕖❞ ⬛
Na otvorenju će biti predstavljena knjiga “In Dialogue” koja predstavlja svojevrsnu analizu i historiografiju radova vizualnih umjetnika i dizajnera aktivnih posljednjih godina na makedonskoj nezavisnoj sceni. Publikacija je nastala iz serije razgovora i prezentacija vizualnih umjetnika, dizajnera i video umetnika iz Sjeverne Makedonije i regije s ciljem da se stvori prostor i ohrabri umjetnike da govore o svom radu i uvjetima u kojima stvaraju.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

In Dialogue, Galerija Pogon, Zagreb

Suvremena makedonska scena vizualnih umjetnosti u Pogonu se predstavlja velikom skupnom izložbom na čijem će otvorenju biti predstavljena knjiga In Dialogue.

Hana Sirovica

Pripremila: Hana Sirovica

Kao odgovor na manjak kontinuiteta u sustavnoj analizi i historiografiji vizualne umjetnosti i dizajna, u sklopu programa Sociokulturnog prostora Centar Jadro kroz 2020. i 2021. u Skoplju je održana serija razgovora i izlaganja o makedonskoj suvremenoj vizualnoj i video umjetnosti te dizajnu. 

U razgovorima je sudjelovalo dvadeset predstavnika i predstavnica suvremene makedonske i regionalne umjetničke scene. Njihovi su prilozi objedinjeni u koricama In Dialogue, knjige koja će biti predstavljena zagrebačkoj publici u Pogonu Jedinstvo u četvrtak, 12. svibnja u 20 sati. Uz predstavljanje publikacije, u Pogonu će se makedonska scena suvremene vizualne umjetnosti predstaviti i kroz veliku skupnu izložbu Još jednom će biti previše: Posredovanje (ne)mogućnosti, na kojoj će izlagati neki od umjetnika_ca zastupljeni u In Dialogue

“Suvremena makedonska kultura suočena je s uobičajenim problemima s kojima se suočavaju i ostale male države, kao što makedonsku umjetničku scenu kao cjelinu karakterizira diskontinuitet u supstancijalnoj institucionalnoj podršci, posebno u promociji makedonskih umjetnika u inozemstvu. Bilo je mnogo izoliranih pokušaja osvajanja međunarodne pozornice, no oni uglavnom predstavljaju ambicije, napore i entuzijazam pojedinih umjetnika”, stoji u predgovoru izdanja, dok prilozi različitih umjetnika_ca koji u publikaciji slijede svjedoče o snažnom angažmanu i otpornosti unatoč njihovoj nezahvalnoj i društveno marginaliziranoj poziciji.

Publikacija je podijeljena u tri dijela koji redom predstavljaju umjetnice_ke sa scena vizualnih umjetnosti, video umjetnosti i dizajna čiji se umjetnički opus razvija u periodu od devedesetih godina prošlog stoljeća do danas. Prvi dio u formi intervjua koje je vodio Vladimir Janeski, ili samostalnih izlaganja umjetnica_ca, donosi perspektive deset vizualnih umjetnika_ca. Velimir ŽernovskiSlavica JanešlievaGjorgje JovanovikMonika MoteskaOliver MusovikNada PrljaGligor StefanovIgor ToševskiNikola UzunovskiYane Calovski i Nikola Uzunovski na različite načine progovaraju o vlastitom stvaralaštvu i njegovu društveno-političkom kontekstu. Drugi dio publikacije posvećen je video umjetnosti i u njemu su kroz dijalog s kustosicom Jovankom Popovom pored makedonskih (Hristina Ivanoska i Verica Kovacevska) zastupljeni i umjetnici_e iz drugih država (Jasmina Cibic iz Slovenije, Ana Adamović iz Srbije i Igor Grubić iz Hrvatske). Kako stoji u uvodniku, ovakvim širenjem perspektive na prostor regije autori_ce knjige imali su za cilj pridonijeti promociji makedonske umjetnosti na međunarodnoj pozornici. U trećem segmentu publikacije u razgovorima s Aleksandrom Bubevskom predstavljaju se dizajneri Igor DelovNebojša Gelevski-Bane, Ngadhnjim MehmetiLasko Džurovski i Tomi Džurovski. Na različite načine, autori_ce čiji glasovi čine publikaciju progovaraju o potencijalu umjetnosti da generira promjenu u (post)tranzicijskom okruženju, skicirajući područja borbe za bolje društvo kroz kulturu.

Promocija publikacije i izložba kojim se nezavisna scena iz Makedonije predstavlja u Zagrebu uz Pogon organiziraju regionalna platforma Kooperativa i Savez udruga Operacija Grad, a dio su programa razmjene između nezavisnih kulturnih centara iz regije u kojemu pored Pogona i centra Jadro sudjeluju još tri regionalna centra nezavisne kulture: beogradski Magacin, kosovski Anibar i mostarski Abrašević. Programska razmjena dio je projekta REG.LAB koji je podržala Kreativna Europa: potprogram – Projekti kulturne suradnje u zemljama Zapadnog Balkana – 2020.



Tuesday, March 1, 2022

In Dialogue - Book Promotion, Skopje

Во овие турбулентни времиња, малку време и за радост! По повеќемесечна припрема од печат излезе книгата „Во дијалог- Визуелна и приментета ликовна програма на КСП Центар- Јадро (2020-2021)“.
Поттикнати од фактот дека на нашата сцена сме постојано соочени со недостаток на континуитет на структурираната анализа и историографија на работата на нашите визуелни уметници и дизајнери, во 2020 година ја започнавме серијата на разговори и презентации Македонски визуелни уметници, Македонски дизајнери и Видео уметници од Македонија и регионот. Она што ни беше особено битно е да ги поттикнеме авторите да проговорат за своите дела, креативниот и технички процес како и за состојбите во кој тие создаваат.
Во книгата „Во дијалог“, Визуелна и применета ликовна програма на КСП Центар-Јадро (2020-2021) се поместени сублимираните транскрипти од презентациите и разговорите со десет македонски визуелни уметници, пет видео уметници од Македонија и регионот и пет македонски дизајнери.
Се надеваме дека преку овие презентации и разговори сo истакнати автори ќе успееме да придонесеме во поголема промоција како и генерациско поврзување што ќе помогне во воспоставувањето на континуитет и интензивирање на дијалогот на локалната уметничка сцена.
Би сакал да им се заблагодарам на сите уметници вклучени во оваа книга, Vladimir Janchevski Jovanka Popova и Aleksandra Bubevska кои ги водеа разговорите со авторите, тимот на преведувачи и јазичната редакција, на Darko Aleksovski за извонредниот дизајн и истрајноста .
Се надевам дека ова е само прва книга од серијалот што во иднина сакаме да го издадеме.
Се гледаме во март на промоцијата 🙂
Визуелни уметници:
Велимир Жерновски Жерновски Велимир
Славица Јанешлиева Slavica Janeslieva
Ѓорѓе Јовановиќ Gjorgje Jovanovik
Моника Мотеска Monika Moteska
Оливер Мусовиќ @olivermusovik
Нада Прља Nada Prlja
Глигор Стефанов Gligor Stefanov
Игор Тошевски Igor Toshevski
Никола Узуновски Nikola Uzunovski
Јане Чаловски Yane Calovski
Видео уметници од Македонија и регионот:
Ана Адамовиќ Ana Adamovic
Игор Грубиќ Igor Grubic
Христина Иваноска Hristina Ivanoska
Верица Ковачевска Verica Kovacevska
Јасмина Цибиќ Cibic Jasmina
Графички дизајнери:
Игор Делов Igor Delov
Небојша Гелевски - Бане Nebojsa Gelevski
Нгадњим Мехмети Ngadhnjim Mehmeti
Ласко Џуровски Lasko Dzurovski
Томи Џуровски Tomi Dzurovski
превод и јазична редакција: Sandra Avrosievska Emili Sapundzija Brit Lilit Ѓоко Здравески
транскрипти: Pavel Maslov
In these turbulent times, little time for joy! After several months of preparation, the book "In Dialogue - Visual and Implemented Art Program of KSP Center - Core (2020-2021)" was published.
Motivated by the fact that the local scene constantly faces a lack of continuity in structured analysis and historiography of the work of our visual artists and designers, in 2020 we started a series of conversations and presentations Macedonian Visual Artists, Macedonian Designers and Video Artists from Macedonia and the region. It was particularly important to us to encourage the authors to talk about their work, the creative and technical process as well as the circumstances in which they create.
The book In Dialogue, visual and applied fine arts programme of SCS Centar-Jadro (2020-2021) includes summarized transcripts of the presentations and conversations with ten Macedonian visual artists, five video artists from Macedonia and the region and five Macedonian designers.
We hope that these presentations and conversations with distinguished artists will contribute to their greater promotion and create intergenerational links, that would help establish continuity and intensify the dialogue on the local art scene.
I would like to thank all the artists involved in this book, Vladimir Janchevski, Jovanka Popova and Aleksandra Bubevska, for their conversations with the authors, the translation team and the language editorial staff, and Darko Aleksovski for his outstanding design and persistence.
I hope this is just the first book in the series that we want to release in the future.
See you in March at the promotion 🙂