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Love on the Edge


From 29 May 2015 to 16 August 2015
Opening: 18:00
Curator: Denise Carvalho, Monika Szewczyk
Place: Galeria Arsenal power station, ul. Elektryczna 13, Białystok
Artists: Anna Baumgart (Poland), Milena Dopitova (Czech Republic), Ira Eduardovna (Uzbekistan), Alla Georgieva (Bulgaria), Izabella Gustowska (Poland), Kristina Inčiūraitė (Lithuania), Elzbieta Jabłońska (Poland), Anna Jermolaewa (Russia), Magdalena Jetelová (Czech Republic), Alevtina Kakhidze (Ukraine), Šejla Kamerić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Olesia Khomenko (Ukraine), Katarzyna Krakowiak (Poland), Victoria Lomasko (Russia), Agata Michowska (Poland), Duba Sambolec (Norway/Slovenia), Kateřina Šedá (Czech Republic), Mare Tralla (Estonia)


The exhibition Love on the Edge explores expressions of love as an ailing force amid social, political, and personal conflict. Passion and determination empowered women across Eastern Europe to overcome situations of loss, rape, war, displacement, identity, and homelessness through agency, communal exchange, responsibility, hospitality, redemption, as they highlight the hidden details or in-between-ness of broader social, cultural and political turmoil. In this context, “Love” can have many shapes, and alludes to the experience of being on the edge: the edge between desire and desperation, exhilaration and angst, passion and destruction, life and death. The artworks to be shown at this exhibition can also be perceived as social documents as artists are witnesses or mediators of the conflicts their works address, showing not a time line, but a variety of dialogues in diverse locations within the last five decades. Another important intention of the exhibition is to blur the social and geopolitical distinctions between ethnic, racial, cultural, and national identities, while accentuating local and global as dialogical and interactive.

 

Love on the Edge at the Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok explores the concept of love as it relates to the experience of being on the edge of desire or desperation, passion or transgression. Featuring videos and new media works by 18 Eastern European women artists, the exhibition highlights the potentialities of love as both political and sensorial imaginaries, blurring reality and fiction, private and public, individual and collective. Through the stories that permeate the shifting paradigms of specific historical and cultural moments, love becomes the sensuous and mediating perception that allows new possibilities of remembering and engaging, realizing and healing, acting out and playing out. The videos and sound installations can also be perceived as social documents or witnessing mediators, reenacting earlier political conflicts while envisioning new attitudes of transgression and nurturing. The confluence between personal and political can be pointed out in several works, but it is the reenactment of traumatic experiences through voicing, hearing, seeing, and gesturing that become the main agents for both personal and collective healing.

 


 

Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland:

 

 

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Mare Tralla  - Written Into Space, 2011, photographs

Mare Tralla
Written Into Space, 2011, photographs

Love on the Edge

Victoria Lomasko - Pink, from the series 18+, drawings

Victoria Lomasko
Pink, from the series 18+, drawings

Victoria Lomasko - 18+, 2014-15,  drawings, slide show

Victoria Lomasko
18+, 2014-15, drawings, slide show

Alla Georgieva   - Street mothers,  2001 - 2011, photographs

Alla Georgieva
Street mothers, 2001 - 2011, photographs

Duba Sambolec - NATO Women Waiting, 2001/2013, video

Duba Sambolec
NATO Women Waiting, 2001/2013, video

Ira Eduardovna - To Prague with Love, 2013, video

Ira Eduardovna
To Prague with Love, 2013, video

Kateřina Šedá - Mom look at me – I’m counting to the three, video

Kateřina Šedá
Mom look at me – I’m counting to the three, video

Mare Tralla  - Written into space, 2010–2011 photo series

Mare Tralla
Written into space, 2010–2011 photo series

Mare Tralla   - A DIARY 2009-2011 installation of texts and photosA DIARY 2009-2011 installation of texts and photos

Mare Tralla
A DIARY 2009-2011 installation of texts and photosA DIARY 2009-2011 installation of texts and photos

Duba Sambolec   - Collectors #2, installation video

Duba Sambolec
Collectors #2, installation video

Izabella Gustowska  -  Rose Love, 2005, video, 5’20”

Izabella Gustowska
Rose Love, 2005, video, 5’20”

Olesia Khomenko  - Self-portrait, 2013, video, 07’32”

Olesia Khomenko
Self-portrait, 2013, video, 07’32”

Kristina Inčiūraitė - The Meeting, 2012, experimental documentary, 26’00”

Kristina Inčiūraitė
The Meeting, 2012, experimental documentary, 26’00”

Milena Dopitová -

Milena Dopitová

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