14 October 2010 – 30 November 2010
Exposures - SpaPort biennale 2009/2010
Rudi Čajavec Factory
Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Artists: Nicole Hewitt, Vahida Ramujkić, Renata Poljak, Lana Čmajčanin, Igor Grubić, Sandra Dukić, Boris Glamočanin, Flaka Haliti, Margareta Kern, Radenko Milak, Lala Raščić, Bojana Tamindžija, Monument Group (Damir Arsenijević, Jasmina Husanović, Jelena Petrović, Branimir Stojanović, Milica Tomić), Radna grupa Četiri lica Omarske (Mirjana Dragosavljević, Srđan Hercigonja, Sandro Hergić, Vladimir Miladinović, Marija Ratković, Dejan Vasić, Jovanka Vojinović, Zoran Vučkovac i Milica Tomić), STEALTH.unlimited (Ana Džokić & Marc Neelen), Research archive Football as Metaphor of Life? (Abart, Mostar), Borut Šeparović, Goran Ferčec & Generacija 91-95', Igor Bošnjak, FACTUM Documentary Film Project, Amel Ibrahimović
EXPOSURES, the second chapter of the long-term, collaborative project WEIYTH – Where Everything Is Yet to Happen takes place in Banja Luka, Mostar and Sarajevo takes the form of an exhibition, a set of seminars, workshops, and new productions. The project was initiated by a collaboration of the curtors with a team of invited co-curators (Anselm Franke, Ana Janevski, Vit Havranek & Zbynek Baladran, Erden Kosova, Nina Montmann, Jelena Vesić) which resulted in the exhibition Can you speak of this? – Yes, I Can, in Banja Luka in 2009.
Incited by the WEIYTH's underlying concept of a prospective rethinking of the notion of community, the artistic and curatorial propositions at the exhibition opened up a set of topics, designating the course of the further development of the project: the issues of collaboration, complicity, articulation of trauma, exile and return, politics of language, politics of memory, culturalization of politics and politization of art.
These topics have developed into a basis for initiating new collaborations, gathering groups and creating temporary communities of artists, theoreticians, students and curators, in a process of creating new vocabularies that together form Exposures, the second chapter of the project. Like the first one, it is primarily based on insisting on the question: "Can you speak of this?", where an affirmative answer points first of all to an acceptance of responsibility to articulate and question one's own position in relation to the social and political context the project is set in, as well as in relation to particular topics it addresses.
Accepting the invitation to participate in the curatorial, artistic, theoretical and transformational quest, and address the invitation to others, has meant exposing oneself to a state of radical uncertainty. For all involved in the process – organizers, curators, participants, guests, the public – it has meant accepting the state (and action) of exposure without compromise: exposure to precarious financial circumstances, exposure to the gap between the public's expectations formed by dubbing the project a 'biennial' and its decision to question exactly how such a project can subvert the imperative of spectacularity and representation; where 'art' as material product is secondary to the processes of political subjectivization and articulation of relations between all who have been, and who will yet become, involved in the process – being exposed, most importantly, of one to each other.