Kindly invited to the exhibition "The Clash" by Eriz Moreno & Valerie Wolf Gang on Tuesday, 4th April at 8pm, at the Alkatraz Gallery, ACC Metelkova. The exhibition is curated by Kateřina Lenzová. Kindly invited also to the discussion at the SCCA Project Room: "Artist Abroad – discussion about artistic mobility and its influence on art" with artists and the curator of the exhibition, on Monday, 3rd April 2017, at 6 pm.
The exhibition brings together three people: the artists Valerie Wolf Gang and Eriz Moreno and the curator Kateřina Lenzová. They personally met here in Ljubljana in 2016 which resulted in a joint project. The unifying theme of this project is the subject of artistic mobility, which has currently a significant impact on artistic practices and interdisciplinary co-operations.
The works presented at the exhibition were made during international artistic residencies. They demonstrate how a new and foreign environment affects artistic creation and the artists. Staying abroad involves constant confrontation of opinions, attitudes and values, providing the artists with a rich source of inspiration and new experiences. In their works the artists reflect not only the world around them, but also their position in it.
A distance from the familiar environment enables people to look at a new reality with increased sensitivity. The person – by crossing borders – also exceeds their own limits of perception.
The artists work with the symbols that are entirely familiar in the country, but exactly this point of view – of a foreigner – may thematise the topic anew, thanks to a different perspective, in a different form and with a real detachment.
Triglav – by Eriz Moreno – is a part of the Bratstvo / Jedinstvo project, whose objective was to research the concept of Brotherhood and Unity of Yugoslavia by documenting the defunct federation’s past and present, with emphasis on its recent history. The installation is dominated by four TV screens offering four different perspectives on the very peak of former Yugoslavia. The author brings us at the foot of the mythical mountain Triglav – named after one of the ancient Slavic deities whose three heads represent the sky, the earth and the underworld. The mountain has been depicted in folk tales, mythology, poems, song and old paintings. In modern history Triglav is the main part of the national coat of arms of Slovenia. The additional images, collected by the artist during his stay in Slovenia, help complete the entire installation and show the mountain in the whole context – as a result of geological process and as a national symbol with its own history.
Hunting for America by Valerie Wolf Gang is a reaction on the idealized image of the New World and its unlimited possibilities - especially during the endless crises, continually resonating in our society. The artwork is an answer to the utopian view that the US provide a “better life“and it offers a simple solution to the discomfort of (particularly Eastern) Europe. The author travelled across the ocean in order to test this theory in practice. The result of the research is an interactive piece, revealing the process of surveillance and breaches of one’s privacy, inviting the audience to participate in it and experience it directly, as the one who does not try a certain thing on their own, can hardly believe that things are somehow completely different.
Artist Mellifera Carnica by Valerie Wolf Gang – The title of the installation comes from the Latin name Apis mellifera carnica (Carniolan Honey Bee) – the bee which is found almost around the globe, but whose origin is based in the northwest of Slovenia – Gorenjska. The columns representing the beehives are full of personal memories and moments from the author's travels. The flying creature leads us to all the places the artist wandered about during her residencies in the last five years.