Intimate / Outspoken
March 16th – May 13th 2023
Curated by Teodora Jeremić
with artists Branislav Nikolić & Domingos Octaviano
If two continuous functions that make one topological space are continuously being transformed into another, they are called homotopic. Such homotopic nature of the horizon, as a term which, apart from being forever placed in front of us, tantalizingly unreachable, is also a “perpetuum mobile” constantly changing as we approach it, is established as a behavioral model of contemporaneity. Modern “disciplinary societies”, where an individual is always passing from one closed system to another, and where in each case a new set of rules that must be respected is applied (within which he finds goals and satisfaction upon realization), at the end of the 20th and finally in 21st century were replaced by Bauman’s “liquid societies” and new type of man who cannot identify himself with one predetermined goal. Instead, he pursuits to fulfill the quest and reach satisfaction that is only brought by perpetual evolution, and with constant inclination of change. Because it’s elusive, and in fact non-existent, the horizon becomes a crucial phenomenon, which remains synonymous with the goal, but this goal is largely altered. It is no longer the destination itself, but navigation – searching, moving. Being in a constant movement, but not reaching anywhere in the end, because as we reach the fantasy construct, our projections are sprayed and it turns out that “a man does not really want to get to the country within the horizons he hopes for.” On this path, without a fixed destination and within constant pursuit, a dialogue opens between Nikolić and Octaviano. Different generations, backgrounds, experiences, geographical backgrounds, they move, collect, modify, record, explore and suggest forms of existence in contemporaneity. In the general and everlasting search for meaning and accurate answers “You’ll make sense when you find a horizon”, a bit ironically suggests the lack of superior truth, and the inability to find sense in self-knowledge, but also the necessity of having an idea about them as well as overall importance of searching.
At the exhibition we’ve also organized a book launch of Vangjush Vellahu’s book “Fragments I – Where stories cut across the land”.
Concept & Design: Vangjush Vellahu
Editors: Jasmina Metwaly, Joerg Franzbecker
Texts: Maja Ćirić, Vangjush Vellahu, Jasmina Metwaly, Joerg Franzbecker
Supported by: Arthur Boskamp Stiftung, Hohenlockstedt, Germany, Hestia Art Residency & Exhibitions Bureau, Serbia
Published by: Archive Books, Berlin, Germany
Softcover, 138 pages
March 16th – May 13th 2023
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December 17th 2022 – February 26th 2023