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Invisible violence / Guided tour / Salon of MoCAB / 21.06.14. at 12pmTalk programs | 21.06.2014
Guided tour / exhibition Invisible violence
June 21, 2014. at 12pm
Curators: Zoran Erić, Blanca de la Torre and Seamus Kealy
MoCAB Salon, Heritage House, Institute Cervantes – Belgrade, Serbia
from May 9th 2014 till June 30th, 2014
The Belgrade exhibition includes: Kader Attia (FR), Itziar Barrio (ES/US), Ursula Biemann (CH), Rossella Biscotti (IT/NL) & Kevin van Braak (NL), Sarah Browne (IE), Declan Clarke (IE), István Csákány (EU), Willie Doherty (UK/IE), Harun Farocki (DE), Daniel García Andújar (ES), Marta Jovanović (RS/IT), Dejan Kaludjerović (RS/AT), Vladimir Miladinović (RS), Locky Morris (UK/IE), Christodoulos Panayiotou (CY), Garrett Phelan (IE), Nikola Radić Lucati (RS), María Ruido (ES), Francesc Ruiz (ES), Fernando Sánchez Castillo (ES/NL), Jonas Staal (NL), Milica Tomić (RS) and Katarina Zdjelar (RS/NL)
The project explores “invisible violence” as it is discernable within quotidian, domestic, work-related, and everyday life; administrative and bureaucratic violence; visual violence in advertising and media; as well as subtle forms of sectarianism and community animosity arising from recent historical circumstances. These are forms of violence that are arguably globally omnipresent. These comparisons of violence shall be explored by bringing together artists’ work that are problematizing territorial, nationalistic, mythological and identity-related topics in a topical fashion, without being bogged down by dualistic, partitioned or oppositional representations.
The theme of violence as a subject for an exhibition is naturally a sensitive and often provocative one, and sometimes generative of Manichean definitions of “us and them.” Therefore, with this project, it is an aim to resist undue focus on issues of war, genocide and extreme violence, while enabling these to be a tangible, if unseen backdrop to the project. The violence being predominantly explored – that which is depicted or investigated in the invited artists’ work - is forms of violence within language, within representation, as a result of shifting socio-economic conditions, and shifting ideas and policies that may be identified as enacting a “cultural” violence upon geo-political bodies and individuals. This does not mean that these more topical and more pronounced forms of violence (terrorism, war, ethnic cleansing and genocide) are explicitly avoided in this exhibition, but that instead they do not dominate the field of references, which itself aims to cast several beacons on different forms of cultural and contemporary violence simultaneously. Additionally, a variety of obstacles that appeared during the production of this overall project, which ironically may be defined as key examples of invisible violence, will be presented and deciphered alongside the exhibition and its discourses. Originally a three-country project, and now touring between Serbia and Spain without an Irish partner, the processes of this project’s development had unexpectedly and inadvertently uncovered forms of invisible violence.
This project aims to depict the universalising aspects of forms of invisible
violence as they are currently prevalent all over Europe; forms of violence
that are, for example, seen as a central threat to the production of
egalitarian ideals of European citizenship.
This collaboration involves two distinct but jointly curated exhibitions, a film program to accompany both exhibitions, a conference in partnership with local academic bodies, and a series of talks, panel discussions and educational workshops. Exhibition in ARTIUM, Basque Museum-Center of Contemporary Art – Vitoria, Spain will be organized from September 12th, 2014 to January 11th, 2015.