02 August – 25 August 2018
Opening on Thursday, 02 August at 08:00 PM
Cultural Centre of Belgrade, PODROOM Gallery
Artists: Ana Hoffner, Angela Melitopoulos, Angelika Levi, Lana Čmajčanin, Teresa Mulet, Virginia Villaplana, Yara Haskiel
Curated by Branka Vujanović and Yara Haskiel
Geography of the psyche is inextricably interwoven with geopolitical mapping. Artistic methodologies open up the ways to address the topics of displacement/migration, violence, wars and transgenerational trauma that condition our thinking about history and geography of the 20th and 21st century. Our aim is to intensify social and historical sensibility, particularly from feminist, queer and antiracist perspectives, across and among distant contexts, from south and east of Europe to South America. The focus of Personal Geographies is to investigate places of pain that are at the same time places of resistance, hope, empathy, solidarity and utopian imagination.
Through Personal geographies, we propose to rethink territories as simultaneously geographic and affective, as sceneries for embodied processes of transmission of memory. Delving into fragmented micro-histories of these areas and migrations that took place between them, the artists deal with traces of the past that have been kept, hidden or erased, with anachronisms and gaps rather than with comprehensive and closed accounts, with the ancestry-related issues concerning memory as well as forgetting, and with the ways to address the contradictions of contemporary conjunction of the world. Drawing from the thesis on performative and ritual aspect of testimony in the form of monologues, dialogues, gestures, poetry or melodies, these works call attention to the spoken and the unspoken as integral parts of memory and to the fractures that are able to destabilize dominant historical and political narratives.