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.

The Art of Failure: Affective Aliens

External activity | Yane Calovski, Hristina Ivanoska, Neda Firfova | The Art of Failure: Affective Aliens | curated by Slavco Dimitrov| National Gallery of Macedonia - Mala Stanica | 9 - 20 December, 2014.

Yane Calovski, Hristina Ivanoska and Neda Firfova, together with artists Zernovski Velimir, Gjorgje Jovanovik and Nada Prlja participated at the exhibition The Art of Failure: Affective Aliens, curated by Slavco Dimitrov.

The Art of Failure is a group exhibition, engaging several of the most significant Macedonian contemporary artists, with the purpose to explore, problematize and re-think the potentials for production of alternative and non-homogenous social and cultural worlds following the experiences of queer people. The initiative for such an exhibition is established on the presumption that art is a praxis generating alternative, non-normative, estranged and innovative models of distribution of the sensible (Ranciere), in other words intervention and transformation of the dominant cultural models by way of which perception, feeling, thinking and acting of/in the joint world is sanctioned and regulated. The exhibition strives to engage such potentials in art with the purpose to offer transforming and subversive organizations of the joint, shared worlds.

Jovanka Popova’s presentation at Goethe University Frankfurt

External activity | Jovanka Popova's presentation at the conference Borders of Orders - Grenzziehungen, Konflikte und soziale Ordnung | Goethe University Frankfurt | 28 – 29 November, 2014.

Processes of production, reproduction and the questioning of social orders are often connected to conflicts about and the contestation of borders. Borders are set by demarcating an outside or other from an inside, where order is established. Various orders, on the other hand, are challenged in conflicts, by shifting, perforating or deconstructing their borders, which may separate friend from enemy, law and crime, public and individual interests.

Recent developments and shifts may be seen as an inspiration to explore the interplay between borders and orders theoretically and empirically at this conference. In order to shed light on this connection on different levels and in its different manifestations, this conference draws on a very broad understanding of borders as well as social order. The topos of the border is discussed with regard to its implications for the production of and conflicts about social orders from an interdisciplinary perspective.