Where Do We Go,
and how Long
Will it Take?
Salon of the MoCAB Belgrade, July 12 – September 9, 2019
SALON MUZEJA SAVREMENE UMETNOSTI, BEOGRAD
WHERE DO WE GO, AND HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ?
The exhibition deals with the dramatic worldwide threat of the idea of humanity. Cultural identities and their historical memory are increasingly marginalized. Anonymity prevails in the global system. Politics, economics, advertising mechanisms - consumption as an overpowering force is marking the actual attributes and ‘value’ of a new internationality offering us universal equalizing perspectives of life.
Transfer (Palmyra), 2003/2015 is a “historical” Video-work of the artist. It was part of the ‘Transfer Projekt Damaskus’, shown in the Kunsthalle Wien the same year. “On a hill close to Palmyra, I’m inviting a Bedouin sheperd for a walk. We follow each other in big circles. We cannot understand each other’s languages. Are we adaptable or not? Adapatable to what? To other human beings? To our surroundings? To ourselves..?” The artist’s intention was to conduct a radical sociocultural experiment. Two complete strangers, who cannot communicate with each other verbally, these two persons encounter each other for the first and only time and shall enter into a dialogue. The filmic images demonstrate a possible humanitarian communication based on tolerance, respect and mutual acceptance beyond insisting messages.
Dr. Thomas Elsen, curator, Neue Galerie Höhmannhaus, Augsburg
Special thanks to Una Popovic, curator, Salon of the MoCAB Belgrade
Exhibiting artists: Andy Heller, Ferit Kuyas, Leta Peer, Natalija Ribovic, Elham Rokni
Transfer. Palmyra, Syrien/Syria 2004/2015 VHS-Video Colour, 4 min 30 sec. Courtesy Sammlung H2
© Photo by Natalija Ribovic