As a prologue to the international exhibition project that will be realised in 2021, a series of solo shows and events will be carried out in 2020 at KGLU and CSU.
16. 6. – 31. 8. 2020, various locations: Celje, Slovenj Gradec
IRWIN: State in Time, 2010, billboard
26. 6. – 8. 10. 2020, KGLU, Slovenj Gradec
Boris Beja, On the Border: @heartbreak, exhibition
9. 7. 2020, 19.00, CSU Celje, Mestni kino Metropol
Borderlines – short film night
Ibro Hasanović: Note on Multitude, BiH, 2015, 7′ 43” / Damjan Kozole: Meje/Borders, SI, 2016, 10′ / Nika Autor: Obzornik 62 – Družina in delavec/Newsreel 62 – Family and Worker, SI, 2015/2019, 29′ / Tara Najd Ahmadi: Teden z Azar/Week with Azar (Yek haftehba azar), Iran / SI / ZDA, 2018, 11′ / Mark Požlep: Otok/Island, SI, 2020, 8′ 16”
20. 8. 2020, 20.00, CSU Celje, Galerija sodobne umetnosti
Mark Požlep: Southwind, documentary performance
8. 10. in 9. 10. 2020, 14.00-17.00, CSU Celje, Galerija sodobne umetnosti
Maja Hodošček: Solidarnost/Solidarity, experimental workshop for youth (Postponed due to corona virus situation)
16. 10. – 13. 12. 2020, KGLU, Slovenj Gradec
Maja Hodošček: Too simple and too easy, exhibition
18. 12. 2020 – 14. 2. 2021, KGLU, Slovenj Gradec
Jure Markota, Sosedova trava je vedno bolj zelena/Neighbor’s grass is always greener, exhibition
Artists: Tara Najd Ahmadi, Nika Autor, Lana Čmajčanin, Boris Beja, Ibro Hasanović, Maja Hodošček, IRWIN, Damjan Kozole, Jure Markota, Mark Požlep, Karl Vouk
Curators: Maja Antončič, Andreja Hribernik
The history of mankind is read as the history of setting and shifting territorial boundaries. Over the centuries, both the way borderlines have been defined and their roles, have changed. Since the end of feudal social organisation, borders have been increasingly linked to national affiliation and national identity, but today, they are primarily a means of controlling the flux of people. As such, they represent a complex socio-political phenomenon and decisively affect the lives of individuals. In establishing the identity of an individual or a nation, the border appears as an element caught up in either, the representations of historical struggles for citizenship and cultural struggles, or in the utopias or ideas of transformation of the common democratic imperative of the world.
Unexpectedly, physical borderlines and walls are being erected again nowadays, as we are witnessing both in Europe and in other parts of the world. Already the case of the European Union clearly shows the trend set by the Schengen Agreement of 1985: in exchange for a lesser control of the internal borders, control over Europe’s external borders has tightened. Individual authoritarian mechanisms are re-emerging, which do not take into account the fact that the image of the world has changed precisely at the expense of the struggles of the past, and that new formulas of social policies must be found within state systems that will not delineate, separate and discriminate.
With the present project, conceived on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Carinthian Plebiscite, we are dealing with the broader concept and occurrence of borders in general, starting from the consideration of the borders that mark the geopolitical area of Slovenia, and more specifically the area between Slovenia and Austria. The selected artists focus on the artistic research and interpretation of geopolitical landscape from various viewpoints. Whilst disclosing their personal stories or family tragedies, they open up the themes of borderlines with a clear social and critical emphasis. The exhibition aims to establish an alternative consideration of border areas, where hybrid identities spring and grow. These places were mainly defined as inferior in the past, however, at this point, we wish to highlight them as places of potentiality, if not even, places of the future.
The exhibition was produced in collaboration with the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Koroška (KGLU) and the Center for Contemporary Arts (CSU) of the Celeia Celje Institute.