Artists: Sanela Jahić, Nikita Kadan, Zhanna Kadyrova, Vladimir Logutov, Timofey Radya and Mark Požlep
The perception of the fourth dimension explored by the exhibition Everything and Nothing is not a transcendental, analogue-spatial or temporal dimension, but is rather determined by current social, political and cultural dimensions and uses the avant-garde tradition as a meta-language that progresses from everything to nothing, which equals everything by purifying artistic activity until it becomes a clear, engaged statement, still determined by the restrictive parameters of our actions. Although it is unlikely real change will occur, the fact that we can engage with the idea brings us closer.
When Ilya Kabakov created The Man Who Flew into Space from his Apartment(1988), he was not concerned with utopia. Individual re-appropriation freed the cosmic dream from being closed within the system and re-established its primary essence – an essence which is not fixed, has no definite form and is not institutionalized, and whose genuineness can only be collective. Based on these parameters, the exhibition presents a collective urge for change, or a possibility of change, in all its vitality, independent of image transfer and original context, which goes beyond imitation and appropriation.
Guest curator in the annual cycle Local Talk
Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
31 July – 24 August 2014
In collaboration with: Galleria Continua, Garage gallery
Support: The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana
Photos: Dejan Habicht. ŠKUC Archive. Courtesy of the artists Timofey Radya and Vladimir Logutov.