Artists: Alejandro Cesarco, Endri Dani, Katalin Ladik, Helen Mirra
Venue: Martin Janda, Vienna as a part of curated by, Vienna
Exhibition Title: Sedimentations: Brushing History Against the Grain
Date: September 5 – 26, 2020
Curated By: Noit Banai
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Galerie Martin Janda is a part of curated by 2020 – About Hybrids, the gallery pageant with worldwide curators in Vienna. Our exhibition Sedimentations: Brushing History Against the Grain is curated by Noit Banai.
This exhibition focuses on modern inventive practices that give type, voice, and form to various histories by exploring these materials, discursive, and symbolic sedimentations in and thru which fragments of the previous seem within the current. Alejandro Cesarco, Endri Dani, Katalin Ladik, and Helen Mirra are chroniclers and creators of moments that make up our particular person and collective lives. In completely different media and singular methods, they occupy the intimate textures, deposits, and particles of historic sedimentation and replicate on the ways in which sure episodes consolidate into dominant narratives whereas others could stay dormant however are by no means misplaced. These artists, within the spirit of Walter Benjamin, “brush history against the grain” and transfer away from a linear, cumulative, and immutable method to interlaced archaeologies with yet-unarticulated potentialities. With poetic elasticity, they “explode the continuum of history” and open the way in which to new private and political futures.
In the photographic sequence, 182, 2015, Endri Dani poses within the entranceways to house blocks constructed through the post-war communist dictatorship in Albania. His bodily measurements, completely aligned with the best state-stipulated dimensions, embody the ideological strictures of collective residing that also hang-out modern Albanian society. In these now decrepit typologies of totalitarianism, gestures of personalization and individuation agitate towards compelled uniformity.
Alejandro Cesarco’s movie, Musings, 2013, is a meditation on the aesthetic currencies by means of which sensations and meanings are created in each our waking states and dream-lives. Our existence is rarely outdoors an internet of narrations, significations, and interpretations generated by always proliferating, entangled sources, i.e., artwork, music, artwork historical past, fashionable tradition, and literature. How will we inform our personal story? Where does our personal subjectivity start and finish?
In visible poetry, sound, and efficiency, Katalin Ladik triggers a inventive dialogue between graphic notation, lived occasion, and documentation. Her collages, 1974–1978, composed of clippings from girls’s magazines, letters, stitching sample paper, and music paper are the premise for sound poetry whereas photographic works, 1973–1985, element performances that challenged gender norms and excavated archaic fragments of collective expertise from a folkloristic previous.
Handwoven by the artist from the undyed wool of two black sheep, Helen Mirra’s Waulked Triangles and Folded Waulked Triangles,2013–2015, situate the spectator in relation to modes of working and being which can be more and more misplaced to post-industrialization. Using a course of that includes strolling the size of a standard loom, Mirra counters each the heroic standardization of minimalist objects and velocity and disembodiment of worldwide capitalism.
Text: Noit Banai
Alejandro Cesarco, *1975 in Montevideo (UY), lives in New York (USA).
Endri Dani, *1987 in Shkodra (AL), lives in Tirana (AL).
Katalin Ladik, *1942 in Novi Sad (SRB), lives in Budapest (HU) and on Hvar (HR).
Helen Mirra, *1970 in Rochester, NY, lives in Muir Beach (USA).
Dr. Noit Banai is an artwork historian, curator, and critic. She was Professor of Contemporary of Art at the University of Vienna (2014–2019) and is instructing at NYU Shanghai as of September 2020. Her monograph on Yves Klein appeared in Reaktion’s “Critical Lives” sequence (London, 2014) and he or she is at the moment finishing a e-book titled Between Nation State and Border State: Modernism From Universal to Global Subject. Her writings have appeared in catalogues printed by the Centre Georges Pompidou, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Musée d’artwork moderne de la ville de Paris, documenta, Americas Society and Bronx Museum of the Arts. She served as assistant editor for the journal RES: Anthropology and Aesthetics and is a daily contributor to Artforum International.