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Everything is Eternity — when we are victory obsessed

Galerija SIZ, Strossmayerova 7
51000 Rijeka
Otvorenje, 12. 02. 2015. at 7:00pm
Open until: 28. 02. 2015.
Working hours: 10:00am — 2:00pm

Nemanja Cvijanović, Lana Čmajčanin, Filip Jovanovski, Alban Muja, OPA
idea and curating: Agata Rogoś

Fear is meaningless. Death is the proces belonging to the Other. There are things far more important than death. In the place where noone dies there is one crucial rule: live and I will hate you, die and I will mourn you. But how to make this, if you never die?

The exhibition refers to the language of propaganda in the present tense, taking into consideration historical issues and actions. The crucial question for this project is taken from the one of Wim Wenders movies: and what we have learned from that? Nothing!

How the cultural memory is used for political issues? What is the relation between authority / resistence? Who and how shapes the collective remembering and collective forgetting and what consequences does it bring?

The artists, through references to diverse systems and orders as well as particular universal or local stories, will pose fundamental questions engendered by the phenomenon of play, a phenomenon clearly ubiquitous in the public discourse, and will consider the relationship between the national and the alien and repressed.

Questions will also be asked about the presence of the Other and One of Us, as well as the rules according to which they join the play. Who will win is anyone’s guess. Still, there is no doubt that obsession with victory is both present and inevitable, regardless of the social, political or cultural context.

Nemajnja Cvijanović
Born 1972 in Rijeka, Croatia. Graduated from Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia (1998) and made MA in Projecting and Production of Visual Art, l’Università di Architettura, I.U.A.V., Venezia (2010). Lives and works in Rijeka.
Za dom spremni – IKEA, installation, different media

Lana Čmajčanin
Born 1983 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and from the University of Sarajevo, sculpture department. Lives and works in Sarajevo.
Bosnia and Hercegovina. Tailoring and sewing, installation

Filip Jovanovski
Born 1979 in Bitola, Republic of Macedonia. He is visual artist and activist. He graduated at the Faculty of Architecture in Skopje (2010). He is currently completing his post graduate studies at the Faculty of Fine Arts, main course – painting in Skopje (2011). Lives and works in Skopje.
Still life: a collection from The working class goes to heaven, photography

Alban Muja
Born 1980 in Mitrovica, Kosovo. He is a Kosovo-based visual artist. Graduated from BA & MA from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Prishtina. Lives and works in Prishtina.
Gjermant ma kan pak tuten, HD video

OPA (Obsessive Possessive Aggression) was founded in 2001 by the visual artists Slobodanka Stevceska (born 1971 in Skopje, Macedonia) and Denis Saraginovski (born 1971in Skopje, Macedonia). Both of them studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Skopje and are working on the borderline of art, media and performance.
Eternal Body, three channel video installation

SIZ Gallery program is financially supported by Croatian Ministry of Culture, City of Rijeka Office for Culture.

Exhibition sponosered by; Albanian Society of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, Council of Albanian National Minority in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County.

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