Shilpa Gupta takes part in the group show ‘Unhomed’ at Uppsala Art Museum in Uppsala, Sweden. This exhibition brings together a group of international artists, whose creative practices are in constant dialogue with the complex narratives of cultural heritage, history writing, and freedom of speech. Their art examines borders between to public and domestic spaces in rapidly changing cities, underlining colonial structures and national aspirations, while at the same time mapping the geography in terms of gender, class, ethnicity and religion. Memories become embedded into architectural elements, structures, and patterns are embedded with memories. As the cities change, new hybrids emerge and certain memories are erased. Through the media of performative actions, moving images, and sculpture, the works of art destabilise the notion of identity and what is considered to be a national or personal “home”. “To be ‘unhomed´,”’ says Homi K. Bhabha, “is not to be homeless, but rather to escape easy assimilation or accommodation”. The concept ‘Unhomed’ is also taken from the poetic work by Shilpa Gupta ‘Words Come from Ears’.
David Maljković’s solo exhibition ‘With the collection’ is on show at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka, Croatia. ‘With the collection’ is an open-ended exhibition based on a series of collaborations that would take place on different locations at different times. It centers on Maljković’s extraordinary site-specific intervention which, in an unconventional way, represents the MMSU’s collection. Even though the Museum was founded in back 1948, its collection has never been presented in the form of permanent display, mostly because of the lack of spatial resources. Therefore, in Maljković’s spatial reconfiguration, the Museum’s collection becomes present, it receives a new face, and each of its works becomes more than just an artefact, acquiring a fresh meaning and a renewed social relevance. While building the relationship with the collection, Maljković rejects taxonomies and linear narratives. Instead, he applies his own recognizable artistic methods: he creates a collage of the existing artefacts and plays with the ways we perceive and experience exhibitions. January 31 – April 20, 2020.
Nelly Agassi and Miroslaw Balka take part in the group exhibition ‘(Not) a Good Time for Love. Love Stories of the Holocaust Survivors’ at the Jewish Museum & Tolerance Center in Moscow. The project is based on the recently published diaries, memoirs and biographies of the concentration camps prisoners, Jewish guerrillas and members of the political underground as well as their children, grandchildren and invited biographers. The exhibitionchooses love and care in the times of the Holocaust in search of new perspectives on the traumatizing experience and new language to represent individual memories. ‘(Not) a Good Time for Love’ is an attempt to explore the role of the contemporary art museum in the development of the memory culture. How do we transform a collective memory into spontaneous and sacred event? How does contemporary art state the value of the individual experience of the Holocaust victims? How do we transform the memorial ritual of visiting the Holocaust exhibitions into collective empathy experience? January 28 – May 15, 2020.
The group exhibition ‘Indian Ocean Current: Six Artistic Narratives’ at McMullen Museum of Art in Boston features videos, collages, paintings, sculptures, interactive installations, and photographs by renowned artists Shiraz Bayjoo, Nicholas Hlobo, Shilpa Gupta, Wangechi Mutu, Penny Siopis, and Hajra Waheed—whose deep ties to the lands surrounding the Indian Ocean inform their work. The exhibition explores the contemporary legacy of the long movement of people, things, and ideas across the Indian Ocean. ‘Indian Ocean Current’ probes complex and vexing questions, including: How do artists working in a variety of media make sense of the great mixing of peoples in the region’s past and present? How do they conceive of the water that linked distant shores? How do they address the borders that divide spaces that for so long were undivided? What do the rising ocean waters resulting from global warming portend for the future of the Indian Ocean and, most importantly, for its inhabitants? In the exhibition, artistic narratives are in conversation with the findings of scientists as animations, maps, films, and interviews illuminate the unusual geology of the Indian Ocean and the myriad, catastrophic effects of climate change in that region and across the globe. January 27 – May 31, 2020.
Nedko Solakov is part of the Lahore Biennale 02 that takes place in various locations in the city of Lahore, Pakistan. Founded in 2014, the Lahore Biennale Foundation (LBF) has since strived to create opportunities for the promotion of the arts, particularly in the public realm as well as funding research in the fields of visual arts an culture. Through the year-round programming, the focus has been on
facilitating creative practitioners and researchers to develop and disseminate their work to local and international publics. Numerous public projects at the city, regional, and global levels have been implemented as well as formalising grants through the newly established LBF Research Cell. January 26 – February 29, 2020.
Melik Ohanian is part of the group exhibtion ‘Scènes dans une bulle de cristal – Seen in a crystal ball’ at Galerie Chantal Crousel in Prais. The exhibition invites the visitor to explore works offering some suggestions on how to transcend the universe we are part of. Fluids and moments or trajectories frozen into solid glass, turbulences, contribute to a present or future and drive them in its most complex form, whether it is through the wandering of a drop of water, the metaphysical phenomenons and human insight, or merely through the use of a black box and crystallization to cease an eternal present. January 25 – February 29. 2020.
Karen Russo takes part in the exhibition ‘Ministry of Culture Award 2017 – 2018’ as she has been awarded the 2018 Israeli Ministry of Culture award for an Established Video artist. The prize, of £10,000 was awarded to Russo for her work in film and video in the last 20 years. The exhibition by the Ministry of Culture award recipients for the years 2017-2018 will take place at Ashdod Museum of Art. Opening date: January 18, 2020.