Where (not) to go?

Where (not) to go?

February 16th – March 8th, 2015

 

Gallery MC

549 West 52nd Street, 8th F

New York

(between 10th and 11th Av.)

Phone: 212.581.1966

Email: info@gallerymc.org

 

February 16 – March 8,  2015
(Reception for the artists: Monday, February 23rd, 7 pm)

Hours: Monday to Friday 12 to 6 pm
Saturday 1 to 6 pm.
Closed on Sunday.

Note: In the period of February 17 to 22 the show can be visited by appointment

Reception: Monday, February 23rd, 7 pm
Followed by informal talk with curator Jovanka Popova and artists Gjorgje Jovanovik and Yane Calovski.

Artists: Hristina Ivanoska, Nada Prlja, Neda Firfova, Filip Jovanovski, Daniel Serafimovski, Gjorgje Jovanovik, Tihomir Topuzovski, Aleksandar Kovacevski, Nikola Uzunovski, Vladimir Lukash and Yane Calovski.

Curated by Jovanka Popova (presstoexit@gmail.com)

 

Organized by press to exit project space www.presstoexit.org.mk; request for additional information: Jovanka Popova (presstoexit@gmail.com)

 

Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia.

 

 

What is the input of social and political clashes in the process of recreating of public space? Can we interpret the term ‘urbanity’ as nucleus of social solidarity or as a space of materializing various political agendas? How do we manage power and its direct affect on urban development? By deconstructing the processes of ilustrating, archiving, documenting and performing, the artists in the exhibition face up to the multitude of contradictions in which we, as a society, exist in Macedonia.

 

Addressing subjects such as the historical and urbanistic development of the city of Skopje, the wide-spread social inequality, political, cultural and economic opression of marginalized groups, educational reform and redesign of traditional values, the works do not shy away from argumenting the necessity to probe further into the problems and articulate their individual possitions. So, where not to go, as a version of Don’t go there, becomes why wait any longer? The attention is turned toward the left-oriented voices, the gray-zone classification of activism, and the borderline points where discourses are contested in order to generate counter-discourses.

 

 

press to exit project space was established in 2004 by artists Hristina Ivanoska and Yane Calovski as a platform for research and production in the field of visual arts and curatorial practices. The platform tends to creates a collaborative context and a specific partnership link between Macedonian, Western Balkan and international artists and curators and other cultural workers whose aim is to further the development of critical dialogue and cultural exchange. The platform is also designed to deepen the understanding of the intellectual and practical tasks of producing exhibitions of contemporary art, particularly in the complex social and cultural situations of present-day socio-cultural, political and economic context in which urban arts institutions and the independent arts platforms function.