Sunday, 25 October 2015

the sheep, goose and rainbow in the dark)

The children book Fåret, Gåsen och regnbågen i mörkret (The Sheep, Goose and Rainbow in the Dark) accompanies the exhibition Rainbow in the Dark: On the Joy and Torment of Faith at Malmö Konstmuseum. It's quite a gloomy and psychedelic set of conversations between the Black Sheep and Wild Goose, two main protagonists, who muse over religion, miracles, mythical beasts, psychoactive mushrooms and marble balls. The book was illustrated by Magdalena Karpińska. 

Friday, 23 October 2015

mirage at the national museum in warsaw

Today at the National Museum in Warsaw, with Łukasz Jastrubczak, we will be presenting Mirage. In Order of Appearance. The film is an adaptation of the book, which the full, self-explanatory title is: MIRAGE. A book of travel and social observation consisting of 50 text chapters and 50 photographs describing the adventures of a group of artists whose works allude to such historical trends of the late sixties and early seventies as conceptualism, minimalism, and land art, as well as fictitious ones (green conceptualism or the Lafayette Hills School), who are in complicated professional and personal relations (such as the romantic, torrid relationship of J. L. and A. T. Z.) and spend their time cooking, meditating, and tracing the vestiges of the work of such predecessors as the mythical figure R. (a writer, sculptor, and artist of textual interventions in the landscape) whose texts comprise the foundations of an actual book, interspersed with the hard-to-verify story of the hitchhiker M. who is going blind, and a description of the fate of the L. family, accompanied by “intermissions” in the form of excerpts from folk and country songs and instructions for works of art that can be made by the reader to accentuate the visual modules of the book, based on meticulously selected evidential material collected during a journey around the United States during the winter of 2011, 27 years after the opening of the neon installation in the Chronos and Coatlicue Hotel.
The screening, 90-minute long will be accompanied by a presentation of selected objects from the CENTRUM collection - they are to hidden in the exhibition Hoplites. On the art of war of ancient Greece.

Saturday, 17 October 2015

armageddon – the end, a topographical survey

One more work from the Rainbow in the Dark. On the Joy and Torment of Faith exhibition: the series Armageddon – The End, A Topographical Survey, 2013 by Carl Johan Erikson. For two decades Erikson has worked on the conceptual documentation of practices and artefacts in the Pentecostal Church’s contexts and environments. The project’s physical point of departure is the Jezreel Valley in northern Israel and Palestine, which is believed by some to be Armageddon, where the Antichrist will gather his troops for the final battle between good and evil. The valley is strategically important to the region and more than thirty bloody historical battles have been fought there over the course of four thousand years. Erikson grew up as a member of the Pentecostal Church, and the great fear of not being ready when Jesus returns to Earth, and being left behind, continues to influence the artist even to the present day. Erikson spent three weeks in Armageddon on a number of occasions in recent years. 

Thursday, 15 October 2015

amulet survival kit for placebo life disorders

One of the works shown in the Rainbow in the Dark. On the Joy and Torment of Faith at Malmö Art Museum - an object from Michael Kessus Gedalyovich' ongoing series Amulet Survival Kit for Placebo Life Disorders, 2014-2015. 
In 2014, Gedalyovich embarked on a journey in order to meet healers, muslim mystics, practical kabbalists, shamans, and amulet-makers who might have knowledge unknown or unrecognized outside their communities. He hopes to thereby find ways to recapture the mysterious and magical power of art – a capacity that was put aside during modern times. During and after his journey he creates magical talismans from his own prescription medical pills and objects that collected along the way. 
The exhibition preview opens tonight, at 7 pm.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Rainbow in the Dark: On the Joy and Torment of Faith

This Saturday, at Konstmuseum Malmö, we are opening Rainbow in the Dark: On the Joy and Torment of Faith is an exhibition on art, religious rituals, mysticism, spirituality and faith - a sequel to the project first presented at SALT Galata in Istanbul, which referred to the socio-political and religious context of Turkey. For the project at Malmö Konstmuseum, a new constellation of works accentuates the context and image of Sweden as a secularised society and its contemporary challenges related to religious and ethnic conflicts.
The term ‘post-secular society’ has been used lately in reference to the adaptation of European political consciousness to the increased visibility of immigrant communities and the heightened profile of faith in public debates. The broad perception of global conflicts in terms of religious strife also strengthens the general consensus that the return of religion has emerged as one of the most important factors in global politics and culture today.

Late modern and contemporary art are considered fortresses of secular values in society, and the twentieth century introduced us to new art media and forms that aligned themselves with progressive technology, secularity and radical subjectivity. The ideas that have fed into art come from modern philosophy, liberal politics, psychology and popular culture rather than religion or theology. Yet, the return of religious power, or the entry of religion from the marginal to the mainstream of cultural and political awareness, also applies to the visual arts, hitherto considered fortresses of secular values in society.

The artists in the show are: Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa, Tamar Guimarães & Kasper Akhøj, Mirosław Bałka, Yael Bartana, Magnus Bärtås, Carl Johan Erikson, Etcetera, Michael Kessus Gedalyovich, Nilbar Güreş, Michal Heiman, Jonathan Horowitz, Hristina Ivanoska & Yane Calovski, Gülsün Karamustafa, Köken Ergun, Paweł Kwiek, Honorata Martin, Jumana Manna & Sille Storihle, Virginia de Medeiros, Teresa Murak, Nira Pereg, Lene Adler Petersen & Bjørn Nørgaard, Wael Shawky, Slavs and Tatars, Zbigniew Warpechowski, Nahum Zenil and Artur Żmijewski.