June 23, 2016

Politics exhibition at Art Stays 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.)

March 01, 2016

Making art with the community

MAKING ART WITH THE COMMUNITY: A community-art project and exhibition
Anita Chan Lai-ling Gallery (2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong)
Exhibit Dates: April 1 - April 8, 2016
Reception: April 6 (Wed.), 19:00-20:00


Photo courtesy May Yeung & Tin Mok 
Exhibiting Artists:
May Yeung, Mak Siu Fung Vincent, Chung Ka Kan, Leung Hoi Yung Iceman (Hong Kong Innovative Education Foundation).

Curator:
Dr. Zoran Poposki 

Guest artist:
Victoria Hindley

Curatorial advisor:
Jeff Leung

This gallery exhibition is designed as a showcase of community-based artworks created through a collaborative artistic process involving Hong Kong artists, representatives of civil society organizations, and students, facilitated by an international artist. 

The exhibition aims to promote participatory community-based art by engaging visual arts students, visual artists and social services organizations in addressing community development issues through the artmaking. It furthermore aspires to raise awareness about the role of community-based art among the general public of Hong Kong. Through documentation of the art making process the participants bear witness to their personal experience, recognize their stories, and their contribution to public memory becomes a meaningful act of social agency. 

Making Art with the Community is supported by The Hong Kong Institute of Education. 

February 16, 2016

Us, Them & You

Image courtesy Studio Place Arts

Us, Them & You
Studio Place Arts (201 N Main St., Barre, VT)
Exhibit Dates:  March 8 - April 16, 2016
Reception:  Sat., Mar. 12, 4-6PM

While occupying a single earth, many generations of people have amplified their differences from others and the similarities within their own defined groups.  Rather than coalescing around the idea that “we’re all in this collectively,” these extreme “US,” not “THEM” perspectives are expressed in both radical and in socially-accepted ways through racial and class prejudice, genocide, wars, political corruption, resource allocation, and fear messaging on social media.

This global, invitational exhibit involves more than 24 artists from the U.S. and around the world.

Opening Reception:  Sat., Mar. 12, 4-6PM

Special Event:  Sat., Mar. 26
10-11:30AM:  Art project led by SPA artists
1:30-2:30PM:  "Walk & Talk" with the exhibit curators, Janet Van Fleet & Sue Higby
4PM:  Talk by anthropologist, artist & writer, Dana Walrath, Ph.D., MFA
"From Slavery to Syria:  Art & Social Justice"

Exhibiting Artists
Filipe Afonso, Eskild Beck, Boris Beja, Nayda A. Cuevas, Melissan Gurrieri, André Guiboux, Carolyn Enz Hack, Kiriaki Hajiloizis, Robyn Hasty, Matt Lee, Greta Lusoli, Nathani Luneburg, Anuk Miladinovic, Assunta Abud El Azim Mohamed, Laura Pawson, Jane Pincus, Klaus Pinter, Zoran Poposki, Dana Walrath, Jennifer Weigel, Phil Whitman.