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The art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe warns: Don’t dream dreams



In the Modern Gallery, works from the art collection of the German Telekom

In the Moderna Galerija, the new installation Don’t Dream Your Dreams urges the visitor not to take refuge in the safety of dreams in the face of increasing threats to democracy, the state of our planet and the war in the heart of Europe.

The exhibition opens today in the Modern Gallery Do not dream dreams / Selection from the Telekom collection. The collection under the auspices of the German Telekom has been created since 2010; it focuses on the contemporary art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe and examines social and political changes after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

As stated in the Modern Gallery, the collection contributes to a wider understanding of European cultural diversity through visual and fine arts. It will be presented in Ljubljana with a special emphasis on works dealing with archives.

Two pieces created especially for this exhibitionIn the five halls of the Modern Gallery, more than 40 works and spatial installations of 25 internationally renowned contemporary artists from Eastern and Southeastern Europe will be presented. Two works by female artists from this region were also commissioned for the exhibition, namely Maja Babič Košir with Title Brother, tell me and Lani Čmajčanin with Title Don’t dream the dreamwhose neon installation also inspired the title of the exhibition.

Against the stereotype of the dreamy artistIn their works, artists reveal hints and tips on how to experience complex and contradictory reality in a differentiated understanding. In doing so, they provide orientations that can be the basis for deliberate actions and those that are necessary to bridge these crises. Artists do not dream, but intelligently and carefully devote themselves to the tasks and challenges of today, they wrote in the gallery.

Installation Lane Čmajčanin questions the geopolitical fate of the Balkans and is related to two events from the history of war. The first is the Congress of Berlin from 1878, on the basis of which Austria-Hungary was allowed to occupy Bosnia and Herzegovina. The starting point for it is a painting by three artists that shows the Austro-Hungarian army in the vicinity of Mostar. Another component of the installation problematizes a quote by British politician and diplomat David Owen, who in 1992, during the intense fighting in Sarajevo, uttered a sentence in which he expressed doubt that the West would intervene and save the Bosnians.

Lana Čmajčanin, Do not dream dreams, 2023. Photo: Moderna galerija

Maja Babič Košir, whose practice intertwines traditional media with various found objects and materials from the family archive, addresses the question of tension in the spatial installation, and at the same time, the multi-part sculpture is also an exercise in the sensory effects of different materials. The sculpture, consisting of a chair dressed in leather by the renowned Slovenian designer Niko Kralja, is at first glance minimalistic, sophisticated and simply beautiful, but upon second reading it can become its opposite, imbued with discomfort, decay and death.

They are also represented with works at the exhibition Saša Auerbah, Jane Čalovski, Danica Dakić, Aleksandra Domanović, Kyriaki Goni, Petrit Halilaj, Pravdoljub Ivanov, Ali Kazma, Luka Kedžo, Eva Kot’atkova, Marija Kulikovska, Marek Kvetan, Piotr Lakomy, Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Ciprian Muresan, Paul Neagu , Paulina Olowska, Roman Ondak, Agnieszka Polska, Stepan Ryabčenko, Slavs and Tatars, Marko Tadić, Iza Tarasewicz, Krasimir Terziev and Martin Vačeva.

The exhibition will be on display until July 30.

Source: Rtvslo

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