November 21, 2016

Juried winner: ArtSlant 9th 2016 ArtSlant Prize Showcase



Photo courtesy Artslant and the artist

Artist Zoran Poposki's work has been selected as a Juried winner in the NEW-MEDIA Category of the ArtSlant 9th 2016 ArtSlant Prize Showcase competition, by a jury of gallerists in Miami, New York, and San Juan.
The jury for the prize included: Chelsea Guerdat (Director of Operations, Apexart), Andrew Lee (Assistant Director, Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York), and Agustina Ferreyra (director and owner, Galeria Agustina Ferreyra, San Juan).
The artwork is a glitch gif based on Poposki's drawing from the Theoria series, based on a mural by Delacroix.

October 05, 2016

Both Sides Now III: Final Frontiers

BOTH SIDES NOW III: FINAL FRONTIERS

Image courtesy of Videotage
CURATORS
Isaac LEUNG (HK) and Jamie WYLD (UK)

ARTISTS (in alphabetical order)
FENG Mengbo (CN), Doreen CHAN (HK), Jennifer CHAN (HK), Dorotea ETZLER (HK), Tiffany FUNG (HK), HK Urbex (HK), Art JONES (HK), Clare Chun-yu LIU (HK), susan pui san LOK (HK), Zoran POPOSKI (HK), Ka-Man TSE (HK), WANG Yue (HK), Chi Jang YIN (HK), Larry ACHIAMPONG and David BLANDY (UK), Megan BROADMEADOW (UK), Upanishad Kanad CHAKRABARTI (UK), Adam CHODZKO (UK), Ben RIVERS (UK), Semiconductor (UK), Alia SYED (UK), Chooc Ly TAN (UK), Charlie TWEED (UK), Iris ZAKI (UK)

At the end of the 20th century, the conclusion of the Cold War led to a desired economic and political integration. Globally it was widely believed that nations had no choice but to adopt the new model of democratic capitalism, almost every government demonstrated optimism towards a new era of global convergence. In reality the world is far more connected than in the 21st century. Many Human Rights have gone from the unthinkable to realisation. Moments of triumph have led to a belief that democratic capitalism could create a more cultured and pro-liberal world, a new way of idealistic living for the future; a liberal utopia. 
But now we ask: has liberal capitalist democracy triumphed? Has the economic and ideological determinism of the post-Cold War time guaranteed democracy? As global nations we are always in flux; our ancestors endured two world wars in the 20th century where many came together to combat a foe. Indeed, we are now in the midst of a strange time, with many people displaced and dispossessed, a disturbing similarity emerges to what happened in those two great wars of the 20th century. 
Refugees desperately search for new homes beyond bombing zones, while other countries ban the wearing of religious clothing. The UK government continues to participate in imperialistic action in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, and pushes its global agenda onto nations that are not interested or have very different values, which are as equal in their worth.
Both Sides Now 3: Final Frontiers endeavours to explore these divides, these boundaries and spaces between us, which exist as cultural legacies and hand-me-downs, like broken family heirlooms, with attached blame. Through this collection of films we aim to investigate personal experiences, global themes and fractures that need healing through cultural sharing and exchange. Both Sides Now is a tactical programme, which uses film and video to explore culture and society between different nations, the UK, China and Hong Kong, and beyond. 
The UK programme contains work by artists who live in the UK, but who were not necessarily born there; artists who have experiences of the bordered UK, and have an understanding of its cultural frontiers. The artists in the programme who were born in the UK explore global cultures and are passionate about cultural communication. The Hong Kong programme includes work by diasporic Chinese and expatriates in Hong Kong and China, it aims to make visible fragments of experience and disrupt time, space and continuity. Final Frontiers attempts, through artists’ film and video, to redefine and close the spaces between us.

SCHEDULE - HK PROGRAMME
Screening - British Council Hong Kong
Date: 3:00pm, 22 October 2016
Screening and Talk - Boom Art Gallery Bar
Date: 7:00pm, 24 October 2016
Speakers: CHOI Sai-ho (HK), Isaac LEUNG (HK), Jamie Wyld (UK)

Screening - Oi!
Date: 12 - 18 December 2016

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES

United Kingdom

Residency - Phoenix Brighton (UK)
Date: 12 July - 12 August 2016
Artist: CHOI Sai-ho (HK)

Screening and Live Performance - Fabrica Brighton (UK)
Date: 4 August 2016
Live Performance Artist: Feng Mengbo

Screening - Fabrica Brighton (UK)
Date: 6 October 2016

Exhibition - Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (UK)
Date: 20 October 2016 - 3 June 2017
Exhibition: Brighton is My Playground, Choi Sai Ho
Screening - Exeter Phoenix (UK)
Date: 3 December 2016
Screening - ICA London (UK)
3 December 2016
Screening - Phoenix Leicester (UK)
7 December 2016

Taiwan
Screening and Talk - OSMOSIS Taipei (TW)
Date: 19 August 2016
Speaker: Lois WANG (TW)
Screening and Talk - OSMOSIS Kaohsiung (TW)
Date: 27 August 2016
Speaker: Lois WANG (TW)
Screening - Taipei Intl Video Art Exhibiton (TIVA) (TW)
Date: 9 December 2016

South Korea
Screening and Talk - SongEun ArtSpace Seoul (KR)
Date: 26 September 2016
Speaker: Jamie WYLD (UK)

China
Screening - Ray Art Center Shanghai (CN)
Date: 30 October 2016
Screening - Minsheng Art Museum Beijing (CN)
Date: 3 November 2016

(Curatorial text and schedule courtesy of Videotage)

September 15, 2016

Asia Contemporary Art Show - 2016 Fall edition


Artist Zoran Poposki is featured in the Asia Contemporary Art Show in Hong Kong. 

The 9th edition of the Asia Contemporary Art Show includes more than 3,000 artworks by 400 contemporary artists from around the world, including Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Yayoi Kusama, Yue Minjun, Zeng Fanzhi, Yoshimoto Nara, Damien Hirst, Banksy, etc.: "including original paintings, limited editions, sculpture and photography from some of the world's most interesting and promising artists - from emerging and mid-career artists, to those who have already achieved recognition in private and public collections, and at auction."

June 23, 2016

Art Stays International Festival of Contemporary Art 2016



The Art Stays Festival of Contemporary Art is returning for its fourteenth edition with a rich programme and many new features.

Art Stays is one of the most prominent presentations of contemporary art, especially of fine arts in Slovenia and Central Europe. Ever since 2003 it brings the latest in art, be it the well-know artists with their work hanging in museums, collections and guests at biennales, or those most promising talents - they all are invited to Ptuj. More then 600 artists have participated at the festival during the years.

Squares and buildings of the oldest city in Slovenia will offer exhibitions, performances, workshops, film screenings and other events from the most contemporary art production. More then 100 artists will be presented on the festival, as well as different types of contemporary art: photography, painting, sculpture, video, installations, performance and intermedia projects. The 14th edition of the festival has the title POLITIC(S), the focus for this year is „political art“.

The programme was prepared and curated by Jernej Forbici and Marika Vicari in collaboration with international galleries, museums, and a team of international curators with the special participation of the independent Chilean art curator Antonio Arevalo, Anna Balvanyos from the Ludwig Museum of Budapest, the Slovenian art curator Peter Tomaž Dobrila, and Manuel Frara from the Academy of Fine Arts of Venice.

Title POLITIC(S) was born from a reflection about the relations between politics, dialogue and language, especially in the field of arts that we discussed and observed in the last 13 years of ART STAYS. We as artists, curators, people that work with culture in general, have the responsability to represent and discuss about the POLITIC(S) in the form of choices, languages, wonderings, human rights, power, political and social system, war, terrorism, new identity, migracy, activism, propaganda, laboratories and communications.

The programme will feature a big exhibition, dedicated to POLITIC(S), installed in three floors of a recently restored Dominican Monastery in Ptuj. It will present some of the greatest and interesting names of contemporary art scene and some young new proposals as well:
Allora & Calzadilla, Maja Bajević, Paolo Angelosanto, Costantino Ciervo, Uroš Đurić, Nicola Evangelisti, Andreas Fogarasi, Gábor Bódy, Marcel Odenbach, Šejla Kamerić, Rok Golob, Monika Grycko, László Csáki, Pálfi Szabolcs, Zsolt Keserve, Ina Loitzl, Bela Máriás, Fatmi Mounir, Ilona Németh, Nežika A. Novak, A4C (Rosa Jijon/Francesco Martone), Valentina Miorandi, Csaba Nemes, Zazzaro Otto, Isabella Pers, Tiziana Pers, Tomaž Plavec, Zoran Poposki, Lara Ritoša Roberts, Sean Snyder, Bojan Šumonja, Jelena Sokić, János Sugár, Jiří Surůvka, Kaszas Tamas, Endre Tót, Mona Vătămanu, Aleksander Velišček, Daphna Weinstein, Constantine Zlatev, group The Area of Bustle: Gabriele Del Pin, Cesare Diana, Claudio Rocchetti, Manuel Frara/Interno3, Riccardo Michielin, Riccardo Piovesan, Matteo Vettorello, Federico Aggio, Alexandre Sirvin, Andrea Cazzagon and others.

A group show will be presented at Mihelič Gallery, dedicated to POLITICAL PRINT in collaboration with National Museum of Contemporary Ljubljana  and Stamperia d'Arte Busato. THE PACIFIST LIBRARY, a nomadic  project made by Curandi Katz, will also include a series of performances around the town of Ptuj. A retrospective exhibition, remembering the fourteen years of the Art Stays activity in the city of Ptuj, will be on display at Magistrat Gallery in the Town Hall. Site specific performances were created especially for 14th ART STAYS festival by Jiří Surůvka, The Area of Bustle, Costantino Ciervo and A4C (Rosa Jijon/Francesco Martone). ANYTHING TO SAY? a large size bronze sculpture made by Davide Dormino and Charles Glass presented in the heart of the city, at Mestni trg Square will demand and offer the possibility to act, to stand up and speak  or express a personal opinion.

Concert and multivision of Lado Jakša, a big concert of Women's Choir Kombinat, screenings of Antoni Muntadas and Nam June Paik, lectures and talks by Rosa Jijon, Bela Máriás, Zoran Poposki, artists of The Area of Bustle on the Slovenski trg Square, workshops for children curated by CID in collaboration with ART STAYS and for adults dedicated also to the engraving by Giancarlo Busato and photography by Davorin Ciglar Milosavljević.

Continuing the traditional collaboration with Mestni kino Ptuj and CID, ART STAYS KINO will present films and videos by Bernadette Corporation, Laura Kipnis, Antoni Muntadas & Marshall Reese, Nam June Paik, John Reilly & Stephan Moore.

The Festival will start on Friday, 8th July 2016 with the opening of the main exhibition entitled POLITIC(s) at the Dominican Monastery of Ptuj and a small performance by Jiří Surůvka. The concert of a famous Slovenian Women's Choir KOMBINAT will follow on a stage in Slovenski trg. The Festival will continue until 16th July on different venues of Ptuj with over 30 events. Exhibitions will be open until 5th September in different exhibition spaces.

(Photos courtesy ArtStays Festival)

May 18, 2016

Art, Translation, Modern Literature in Chinese International Conference


“Art, Translation, Modern Literature in Chinese” International Conference 
「藝術、翻譯與現代中文文學」國際學術研討會
17-18 May 2016
Lingnan University, Hong Kong


The conference will focus on the interaction between art, translation and modern Chinese literature, seeking to examine the nature of translational time and space where modern Chinese art and literature respond to the influence from foreign cultures. In this process, artists, translators and writers attempt to reflect upon the significance of the newly acquired practice across different cultural and political contexts. With an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches, the conference hopes to explore a host of issues concerning translation in relation to modern Chinese art and literature, mediating complex influence from both inside and outside the Greater China region.

Moderator: Prof Mary WONG
Date: 17 May 2016 | Time: 16:00-18:00 | Venue: AM309
Dr Zoran POPOSKI and Dr Marija TODOROVA 
Finding Meaning Through Intersemiotic Translation: On Hong Kong Atlas


March 08, 2016

Art Basel Hong Kong 2016

Artist Zoran Poposki is presenting his latest video art work at the international art fair ArtBasel Hong Kong on March 24-26, 2016, as part of the Videotage Media Art Collection.



Under the theme ‘Acentered – Reterritorialized Network of European and Chinese Moving Image,’ the Videotage booth will feature video art works from the Videotage Media Art Collection (VMAC), together with selected works from European partners, such as Casa Asia (Spain), Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art and University of Salford Art Collection (UK), Connecting Spaces Hong Kong - Zurich (Switzerland), MOMENTUM (Germany), and videoclub (UK).

The Videotage booth at 2016 Art Basel Hong Kong  is a collaboration between the Art Basel Crowdfunding Initiative and Videotage.

Since 1986, Videotage has developed itself from an umbrella for media artists to a network of media art and culture for cross-disciplinary cultural productions, as well as a platform to facilitate international exchange.

March 07, 2016

Landscape Beyond




Landscape Beyond: A Journey through Chinese Music, Western Music and Chinese Calligraphy and Painting

Date:10 - 11 / 4 / 2016

Time:15:00 ; 20:00
Venue:Jockey Club Black Box Theatre, 30 Pak Tin St, Shek Kip Mei, Hong Kong
Presenter︰Yao Yueh Chinese Music Association

Concert performance of artist Zoran Poposki's collaboration with contemporary Hong Kong composer Austin Yip at Landscape Beyond.

March 06, 2016

Transfiguring - Imago Mundi book

Artist Zoran Poposki is featured in the book Transfiguring - Imago Mundi (2016).

Image courtesy Fabrica 2016
Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection
Texts by Luciano Benetton, Ana Frangovska, Claudio Scorretti, Irina Ungureanu, Sonia Abadjieva

With languages that range from photography and digital printing to painting, graphics and sculpture, the Macedonian artists not only give life to a powerful, creative and original vision, but also reflect on a land with deep cultural roots and a past to be protected. 140 works that are characterized both by their textures and choice of colours, and by their interpretation (at times ironic) of themes - the consumer society, memory, the subconscious, sexuality, the visual message, advertising – successfully recreating a psychological map of the human condition today.

Transfiguring is an Imago Mundi collection, a cultural, democratic, global, non-profit project, promoted by Luciano Benetton with the aim of creating the widest possible mapping of the different contemporary artistic experiences of our world. In Imago Mundi, each country is represented by the works of established artists and new talents, commissioned with the maximum freedom of expression.

(Scorretti, Claudio (ed.). Transfiguring - Imago Mundi. Luciano Bennetton Collection. Treviso: Fabrica, 2016.)