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Monday 08.05.2017

RADICAL CONTEMPORANEITY: Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid 35 years of work revisited (1982–2017)

Gržinić & Šmid, Seizure – Rewriting Counter-Histories, No. 5, 2015

RADICAL CONTEMPORANEITY: Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid 35 years of work revisited (1982–2017)
Gržinić & Šmid


OPENING: 11/05/2017 at 18.30h | Exhibition on view: 12/05/17 – 14/07/17 INTO THE NOW Performance by Marina Gržinić and Aneta Stojnić 11/05/2017 at 19h  DYSTOPIAN FUTURES Panel with jan jagodzinski, Martin G.Weiss, Marina Gržinić and Aneta Stojnić 07/06/17 at 18h

Aneta Stojnić

Lakeside B02
9020 Klagenfurt

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Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid 35 years of work revisited (1982–2017)

OPENING: 11/05/2017 at 18.30h

Performance by Marina Gržinić and Aneta Stojnić, 11/05/2017 at 19h

Panel discussion with jan jagodzinski, Martin G. Weiss, Marina Gržinić and Aneta Stojnić, 07/06/2017 at 18h

This exhibition encompasses the most significant body of works by the Slovenian artists Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid developed over 35 years. Highly performative in the sense of producing the specific impact in current socio-political reality, their mode of production is prompted by a sharp and accurate sense of the contemporary context, in the way that each of their works is producing a specific account of what we will call radical contemporaneity. This means that not only have they been working with boiling political questions, but they have kept dealing with them as they are happening, always taking the risk to provide the analyses of traumatic presents, conscious of historic momentum yet with a clear understanding of the processes of historicization.

Gržinić and Šmid showed the historical process underlying the transition from socialism to postocialism to turbo-capitalism (via turbo-fascism), analyzed the shifts introduced by new media technologies, and exposed the conditions of contemporary global necrocapitalism, giving a harsh critique of discrimination, racism, and fascism in Europe today. In this regard their opus obtains a historical position in terms of artistic, cultural and political questioning and as a critique of the construction and deconstruction of the political project of former Eastern Europe in relation to the so called 'former West', as well as this testifies of their understanding of the contemporary relations of segregation and exploitation in Europe, especially in terms of class, race and gender. Following this trait while retrospective in its nature, the exhibition obtains a format of accumulated political histories in order to offer a reading of the dystopian present and to think about a possible future.

Curator: Aneta Stojnić

Marina Gržinić and Aina Šmid are involved in videofilm experimental and political productions from 1982. They have collaborated in more than 40 video art projects; they made a short feature 16 mm film and numerous video and media installations. Marina Gržinić is doctor of philosophy, researcher advisor at FI ZRC SAZU, Ljubljana, and Professor at The Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Aina Šmid is art historian and free-lance journalist.

Aneta Stojnić is theoretician, curator and artist. She works as assistant professor at the Faculty of Media and Communications in Belgrade

Exhibition on view: 12/05/17 – 14/07/17