artists & participants
I AM THE MOUTH
Works from Central and Eastern European Artists from Art Collection Telekom
19.01.2018 - 18.03.2018
Artists: Nevin Aladağ, Anatoly Belov, Geta Brătescu, Yane Calovski, Levan Chelidze, Braco Dimitrijević, Aleksandra Domanović, Petra Feriancova, Ksenia Gnylytska, Ion Grigorescu, Igor Grubić, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Nilbar Güreş, Petrit Halilaj, Hristina Ivanoska, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Nikita Kadan, Mi Kafchin, Alevtina Kakhidze, Šejla Kamerić, Lesia Khomenko, Luka Kedžo, Genti Korini, Eva Kot’átková, Zofia Kulik, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Nino Kvrivishvili, Piotr Łakomy, Little Warsaw, Vlado Martek, Ciprian Mureşan, Şükran Moral, Lada Nakonechna, Vlad Nancă, Paul Neagu, Paulina Ołowska, Roman Ondák, Dan Perjovschi, Agnieszka Polska, Cristian Răduţă, Stepan Ryabchenko, Slavs and Tatars, Nedko Solakov, Mladen Stilinović, Marko Tadić, Iza Tarasewicz, Nil Yalter
Curated by Nathalie Hoyos, Radmila Iva Jankovic and Rainald Schumacher
Commissoned projects by:
Hrvoslava Brkušić, Vlatka Horvat, EQUALS Collective (initiated and led by Andreja Kulunčić, the other members wish to remain anonymous)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, presents with I AM THE MOUTH, works from Art Collection Telekom. The corporate Art Collection Telekom was initiated by Deutsche Telekom in 2010 and comprises today of some 200 art works by about 60 artists from around 15 countries. The collection has a clear focus on contemporary art from Central and Eastern European countries.
The title of the exhibition I AM THE MOUTH is from a video work by Polish artist Agnieszka Polska. It expresses the characteristic qualities of contemporary art from a region in Europe, which is searching for identity in the global context. These voices are looking for new social and political structures, for a democratic and civic exchange by balancing opposing ideas and interests.
The artworks in the exhibition are the mouth of a whole generation that wants to shape its own future and take responsibility for it. The works are telling the stories, concerns, hopes and visions of this generation not literally with words. They prefer strong sensual qualities by transforming our perception into a narration. A narrative that refers to private and individual experiences in life but touches at the same time the burning issues in politics. The artists are concentrating quite complex themes into the compressed immediate evidence of an artwork that appeals to our intelligence, provokes empathy and encourages solidarity.
I AM THE MOUTH means also listening carefully to these voices and to translate their visual artistic language into a personal attitude.