15.12.2011

22.01.2012

Bunker – Nitrianska galéria, Župné námestie 3, Nitra

In Other Circumstances

“Andere Umstände / V inom stave” literally translates as ‘in other circumstances’ and refers to the state of pregnancy while avoiding to name it explicitly. But the notion of circumstances that are ‘different’ raises the question...

Sarah Christen (CH), Gökçe Ergör (TR/CH), Andrea Palamarčuková (SK)

Venue: BUNKER – Nitrianska galéria, Župné nám. 3, 949 01 Nitra, Slovakia

Duration: 15. 12. 2011 – 22. 1. 2012

Opening: Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 6 p.m.

Curator: Birk Weiberg (DE)

“Andere Umstände / V inom stave” literally translates as ‘in other circumstances’ and refers to the state of pregnancy while avoiding to name it explicitly. But the notion of circumstances that are ‘different’ raises the question what kind of difference this might be? Can there be something like ‘own circumstances’ or aren’t circumstances by definition what is not ours or ourselves? In his “Lectures on Aesthetics”, Hegel describes the creation of dramaturgic conflicts and distinguishes between an initial dormant state and what he calls a specific situation. Such a situation always comprises a conflict to be evolved. Therefore, to be in a specific situation means to be in conflict with it.

The works of the exhibition address these matters in regard to gender and migration. Both of these fields confront us with attributions and contingencies. The increasing confrontation with other cultures due to economic globalization and the assimilation of political ideologies does not in itself lead to an overcoming of national identities – for better or for worse. The substance of ethnic cultures becomes transcended and fictitious at the same time. The same kind of ambivalence we find looking at gender concepts between political claims of gender mainstreaming and media displayed traditional roles alike. When there is no more consensus on gender roles, social structures become confining and part of ‘the other’.

The exhibition features three young media artists living in Switzerland with diverse backgrounds. Sarah Christen, Gökçe Ergör, and Andrea Palamarčuková are native, hybrid, and immigrant respectively in the country they live in. They studied together at the Zurich University of the Arts and chose video as their primary media to work with. This technique is characterized by the friction between apparently being an easy tool to work with and express oneself and at the same time embedding countless constraints that swiftly lead to uniformity. The three artists utilize video to address, in a very personal way, issues of biographical shifts and the quest for a position that might turn out to be one’s own.

Kindly supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council, and Cultural Funding Olten

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