We are all in this alone

Macedonian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale | We are all in this alone | artists: Hristina Ivanoska and Yane Calovski | curated by Basak Senova| commissioner: Maja Nedelkoska Brzanova, National Gallery of Macedonia; deputy commissioner: Olivia Stoilkova; deputy curator: Maja Chankulovska-Mihajlovska | Arsenale – Sale d’Armi, Venice | 9 May–22 November 2015 (preview: 6–8 May; opening: 7 May, 3:30 pm)


We are all in this alone by Hristina Ivanoska and Yane Calovski addresses the notion of faith in today’s concurrent and multiple socio-political conditions. The project references a number of intricate sources: a fresco painting from the church of St. Gjorgi in Kurbinovo, painted by an unknown author in the 12th century, as well as writings by Simone Weil, Luce Irigaray, and personal notes by Paul Thek dating from the 1970s. While searching for political values in the representations of formal aesthetic and literary sources, the work carries a specific urgency to articulate ways we continuously engage and disengage the past from the present while questioning the notion of faith.

Nationless: A Continuous Struggle - a collection

External activity | Yane Calovski | Nationless: A Continuous Struggle - a collection| organized by Institute of social sciences and humanities – Skopje | Yout cultural center (MKC), Skopje | 4 April 2015.
Artists: Olson Lamaj (AL), Iordanis Stylidis (GR), Maria Sarri (GR), Dragan Protic – SHKART (SRB), Visar Arifaj – STRONG PARTY (KS), Milos Miletic and Mirjana Radovanovic- KURS (SRB), Nada Prlja and Branko Prlja (MK), Angeliki Avgitidou (GR), Branko Teshevic – STREET HERO (SRB), Yane Calovski and Nayia Frangouli (MK/GR), Velimir Zernovski (MK), Filip Jovanovski (MK) and Gjorgje Jovanovik (MK). 

CURATING EXCHANGE 4: Perpetual and Spatial Control

Symposium | Curating Exchange 4 | presentation "Perpetual and Spatial Control" by the curator Basak Senova | organized by press to exit project space | Serious Interest Agency, Skopje | 27 March 2015, 19.30 h.
"Regardless of constructed histories and collective memories, the act of remembering is always attached to a 'defined place'. It is inevitable for any affirmative perception of space to be historicized and politicized. Hence, most of these specific places are loaded with memory and control mechanisms. The perpetual and spatial considerations of most of Senova’s curatorial work are shaped through these conditions. The question then arises: What is the responsibility of a curator in relation to such specific places along with their loaded memory, conflicting sensibilities, and controlling entities? How does the curatorial framework correlate with spatial, physiological, ideological, historical, communicational, and informational challenges?

Where (not) to go?

Exhibition | Where (not) to go? | organized by press to exit project space | curated by Jovanka Popova| Gallery MC, New York|16 February - 1 March 2015 (opening reception followed by informal talk with the curator and artists Gjorgje Jovanovik and Yane Calovski: Monday, 23 February, 7 pm).

Artists: Hristina Ivanoska, Nada Prlja, Neda Firfova, Filip Jovanovski, Daniel Serafimovski, Gjorgje Jovanovik, Tihomir Topuzovski, Aleksandar Kovachevski, Nikola Uzunovski, Vladimir Lukash and Yane Calovski.

What is the input of social and political clashes in the process of recreating of public space? Can we interpret the term ‘urbanity’ as nucleus of social solidarity or as a space of materializing various political agendas? How do we manage power and its direct affect on urban development? By deconstructing the processes of illustrating, archiving, documenting and performing, the artists in the exhibition face up to the multitude of contradictions in which we, as a society, exist in Macedonia.

Addressing subjects such as the historical and urban development of the city of Skopje, the wide-spread social inequality, political, cultural and economic oppression of marginalized groups, educational reform and redesign of traditional values, the works do not shy away from arguing the necessity to probe further into the problems and articulate their individual positions. So, where not to go, as a version of “Don’t go there”, becomes “Why wait any longer?”. The attention is turned toward the left-oriented voices, the gray-zone classification of activism, and the borderline points where discourses are contested in order to generate counter-discourses.

press to exit project space supports the protests against the law of increased taxes

Announcement | press to exit project space | support to the protesters against the new governmental law of increased taxes.

press to exit project space’s team writes in order to express concern about the recent government plan to increase taxes of contract workers and casual employees.

The intention of the government to introduce fees for paying taxes from January 1, 2015, which will be increased from 10 to 35 per cent, will lead to greater poverty and unemployment. In addition, the exclusion of state officials and politicians from this obligation, without any logical explanation, shows that the way in which government adopts and implements legal decisions is undemocratic and exclusive, done in the absence of dialogue with the people that are most affected by it.

We agree that those policies and government practices deny human rights not only for directly affected groups (freelancers and honorarium workers), but to all other indirect stakeholders - employees in regular employment, university professors and other academics, students, etc. They also increase the wealth of the richest and consequently strengthen their positions of power and privilege.

Therefore, press to exit project space’s team declares their participation, giving support to the protesters in their fight for human rights, social justice and equality.