26 of July – 1 August 2014
2nd Elementary School of Hermoupolis Syros, Greece
Preview: 26 July 2014, 6-8pm
Opening hours: 4-8pm
Mona Hatoum, Adela Jušić, Silvia Kolbowski, Paky Vlassopoulou
Curated by Kostas Stasinopoulos
A WAR E presents works by women artists in which wars of different kinds are examined and deployed. By tracing the war phenomenon to the unconscious, where the personal dimensions of war are no longer denied, these works complicate the frequently and authoritatively bordered territories of the personal and the political, the individual and the social, the psychic and the cultural, the public and the private.
A WAR E explores a state of being that is suspended yet actively charged. It recalls a moment in which the subject is faced with the influx of new information before it is processed, categorized and transformed to knowledge. The viewer in the exhibition is arrested between what can and cannot be attained as an object of knowledge, between conscious and unconscious and before responsibility towards critical thought and enquiry.
The exhibition takes place at the Second Elementary School of Hermoupolis, an active and vibrant centre of the community and a space that reflects personal experience and collective memory. The works of the exhibition create an immersive environment for the viewers, who are invited to explore multifaceted subject positions and identity politics. Situated at the intersection of art history, psychoanalysis, political and feminist theory, conflicts of times past are brought to the fore in an effort to create a historical image of the contemporary. Implicating the consequences of the conventional split between the psychic and the social, the works in the exhibition illuminate art as protest and intervention to dominant and patriarchic historical narratives, war discourse and political resistance.
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