Has the fizzing boiling swell of globalisation and its dominant post-capitalist regime blocked all escape routes?
Is there a counterweight to the sovereign neoliberal global paradigm? A reverse to dizzying phenomena of biennales, tourism, market demands?
Can cultural identity exist outside of the neoliberal machinery of gentrification and commodification? Places are conditioned and ordered by complex historical political narratives but singular destinations, really? Belgrade. And Coventry? What brand do you fashion for it? A provincial post-industrial periphery that holds the great monument of modernist ideals in its Cathedral and Gibson’s design? Symbol of conflicting ideologies built into its centre, power structures so comically evident. The regular, faithful, aggression contained on its re-constructed medieval street on a Friday and Saturday night. IKEA and its easy living designs mocking the city’s concrete utopian hopes? Pure fiction. So, you know, have Coventry like.
LGP has invited Maja Ciric to curate WE’RE EVERYTHING TO EACH OTHER, an exhibition of four artists that examine curatorial practice in a transnational context and transcultural politics of representation. Pavlovic’s SEARCH FOR LANDSCAPES follows a real American family on a 1960s world trip. The casual snapshots of domestic posing against exotic landscapes reveal the climb of America’s status of power. Grubanov’s long-term research project THE EVIL PAINTER is code for formulating a counterpublic and a discourse for a resistant identity. NOTES ON THE MISSING OH is Adria Julia’s film portrait of Hollywood flop movie Inchon. Julia gently reconfigures the Korean-War film’s landscapes and interviews cast members to disclose a film and history mired in propaganda, war mongering and underhand deals.
This is a show tune, but the show has not been written for it yet.
Maja Ciric is the sole other curator invited to produce an LGP exhibition. LGP Researcher, Sadie Kerr, established this relationship to clearly define the curator’s role. Discussions with Maja about the value of the curator, the multiple and changing interpretations of the role and the dynamic between institution, freelance curator and exhibiting artist, are ongoing and lively and will be published.