On September 29, the Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje opened a large international exhibition entitled “See me moving placeless” with works by the most representative artists from Southeast Europe, which are part of the art collection available to Deutsche Telecom.
The purpose of this exhibition is to illuminate the political landscapes, social developments and to find a point of cohesion in the presentation of politics and art from this region.
The exhibition is under the curatorships of Mira Gakjina and Jovanka Popova, who selected around 40 works from the total art collection (249 works) available to Deutsche Telekom, which contains progressive, contemporary works of art by more than 70 authors from over 20 countries in East and Southeast Europe.
The curators selected about 40 works by artists such as: the art collective “Slavs and Tatars”; Dan Perzovski, Hortensia Mi Kafcin and Cyprian Muresan from Romania; Eva Kotatkova, Czech Republic; Petrit Halilaj and Flaka Haliti from Kosovo; Agnieszka Poland, from Poland; Mladen Stilinović, Serbia; Jasmina Cibić, Slovenia; Danica Dakić and Sejla Kamerić from Bosnia and Herzegovina; Igor Grubić, Sanja Iveković, Marko Tadić and Vlado Martek from Croatia; Luchezar Bojadziev, Nedko Solakov, Martina Vacheva and Pravdoljub Ivanov from Bulgaria; artistic duo “Little Warsaw” from Hungary; Alevtina Kakidze and Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Ukraine; Nilbar Guresh and Bengu Karaduman from Turkey.
Among the contemporary authors in the Deutsche Telekom collection are works by two exceptional Macedonian artists Jane Calovski and Hristina Ivanoska, whose works will be included in the MoCA exhibition.
“Migration is an essential experience of the twenty-first century. Conflicts caused by new wars, transitional troubles and exclusionary policies have caused large numbers of people to move to the margins of the world. The question of whether there is anything in post-transition countries that appropriately treats the past to broaden the socio-political imagination, propagate new forms of international solidarity, and provide a basis for future continuation is more than relevant. Hence, the works presented are a political critique of “exclusion”, providing visibility and cultural recognition to those outside the realm of politics, inside and outside the symbolic space. The works allow for subversive connections, the creation of alternative systems of order, revolt against known systems, and the provocation of critical thinking. More than any other means of speculation, they allow us to travel back and forth from our subjective reality, to a consensus on the desired and possible present. The intention of the exhibition is to propose a new narrative for the region by connecting aesthetics and politics and to redefine the way of perceiving the former situations on new occasions, which set a new counter-schedule in the culture”, say Gakjina and Popova.
This exhibition places the Museum of Contemporary Art – Skopje on the map of world’s contemporary cultural centers, which in the long run and strategically, actively and continuously contribute to the involvement of international creative artists and promote international cultural exchange with Europe and beyond.
Deutsche Telekom’s art collection was initiated in 2010 with the intention of collecting contemporary works by artists from East and Southeast Europe, depicting the situation, social and political changes after the fall of the Iron Curtain. These artists have experienced the process of social upheaval through their own biography. They are modern witnesses to the dramatic large and very small changes that societies have experienced in the last three decades. The collection consists of works that are diverse in the medium in which they are made, ranging from drawing to digital installations.
The exhibition will be open until November 21, 2021.