12.12.2012

03.02.2013

Galéria mladých – Nitrianska galéria, Župné námestie 3, Nitra

Schody do… / Stairway to…

Once again, the end of the world is dangerously close; this time, literally in just a few days. Will the Earth be destroyed, or will it be just humankind? Will there be an end of a cosmic cycle and start of a new one? Or nothing happens at all?

Artists: Maxime Blanpain (BE), Javier Toro Blum (CL), Taylor Le Fín (UK), Zuzana Godálová (SK), Pippa Lennox (UK), Nicolas Malclès-Sanuy (FR), James Prescott (UK), Greg Thomas (UK)

Curator: Omar Mirza

Exhibition opening: Wednesday, 12/12/12 at 5:30 p.m.
+ concert: Aches (UK), The Receivers (SK/CZ)

The exhibition runs until 3. 2. 2013
Venue of the exhibition: Youth Gallery – Nitra Gallery, Župné námestie 3, Nitra, Slovakia
More information at www.nitrianskagaleria.sk and www.nastupiste.sk

 

Once again, the end of the world is dangerously close; this time, literally in just a few days. Will the Earth be destroyed, or will it be just humankind? Will there be an end of a cosmic cycle and start of a new one? Or nothing happens at all?

We must not perceive the end necessarily as negative, since it is often the beginning of something new. But why are we actually so obsessed with our termination? Some of us panic, some enjoy it because it will be them who will have the chance to experience it, others do not believe it, so they simply don’t care. Perhaps the ancient Mayans, with their calendar that ends on 21.12.2012, wanted to send us a message, so we begin to think about how we live today, leading humanity to an end certainly faster than ever before. And maybe they just miscalculated badly and we will live here happily ever after…

The exhibition “Stairway to …” is the result of a 10-day DIY Punk workshop, where a group of young artists responded to an atypical exhibition space, the Youth Gallery (one room and a large, three-storey staircase). Each of them worked with the currently once again popular topic of the end of the world in their own way – seriously, humorously, ironically or critically. This is also a curatorial experiment, because the artists were left with complete freedom in the choice of media and handling of the topic, so that the final form of the exhibition will be known only at the opening. Many of the exhibiting artists from different countries meet for the first time (but they are all connected to the Slovak artist Zuzana Godálová), so it’s interesting to observe how they communicated and worked together in one space. Since the results are mostly temporary site-specific works, the documentation of the process of their creation is very important, so it will be captured in the form of videos, photos and texts on a multimedia DVD, which will be also produced by the means of the DIY aesthetics.

The title of the show refers to the space in which it takes place, and also asks the question where our world is heading to. Due to the economical crisis, unrests in many countries and high numbers of natural disasters, the future might look to young people not very bright. What awaits us then? A stairway to heaven, or hell?

Omar Mirza