Witnesses – Bodies in Dialogue and Processes of Reflection
Luka Gallery + Anex Gallery + Mul Gallery
Istarska 30, Pula
Openning: Friday 21 October, 19:00
Curator: Mara Anjoli Vujić
Exhibiting artists: Milijana Babić, Tomislav Brajnović, Regina José Galindo, Olja Grubić, Siniša Labrović, Dalibor Martinis, Mark Požlep, Lala Raščić, Larissa Sansour, Goran Škofić.
Multimeridian is a biennial project of the Croatian Association of Visual Artists of Istria that saw its beginning in 2002. It was envisioned as a creative platform with the aim to present artists around the globe as well as to integrate the recent production from the region into a wider international context. The exhibition Witnesses – Bodies in Dialogue and Processes of Reflection is the eighth edition of this collective international project of contemporary artistic production.
The selection of works for this exhibition was primarily guided by the interest in different forms of performance art and performativity in contemporary artistic production in which the human body in space and time becomes the main protagonist (even when absent!), that is it becomes the essential primary means of communicating a certain concept. The selection was based on gender equality, involvement of all age groups as well as presence of artists that do not belong to the so called western dominant art world.
The exhibition is structured as a gallery display of works of ten artists that includes individual performances and performances as parts of complex artworks which are performed live, i.e. directly in front of the public or are presented via media such as photography, video, film and installation.
The art practices presented are variegated in both aesthetic and poetic sense as well as in their social and political engagement but the link that connects them is their need to explore the dimensions of the body/subject/identity in time and space.
The focus of our attention is the human body in all its complexity as the most vulnerable, the most fragile and the primary “material”/means of artwork/artistic practice in a situation that involves time and space which achieves something, communicates information, expresses the subject, illustrates the world, generates narratives, relations and reflections initiating at the same time the meta-link between itself and the audience. In exhibiting one’s own body and exposing it to interaction with other bodies, whether it be in a direct live communication or via media, the performative body becomes the area of a real place, a zone of risk in which one is brought face to face and confronted with the images of the modern society. (Mara Anjoli Vujić)