We Are Not Like Them

04 October - 10 November 2019
Opening on Friday, 04 October at 07:00 PM
Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art
Rijeka, Croatia

Artists: Danilo Milovanović, Driton Hajredini, Driton Selmani, Fotini Gouseti, Gildo Bavčević, Ivana Keser, Lana Čmajčanin, Mirna Kutleša, Zvukospjevi (Nicole Hewitt, Vida Guzmić, Ivan Slipčević), Nika Autor, Olga Dimitrijević, Simon Farid, Vangjush Vellahu, Brook Andrew, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Janez Janša, Chris Marker & Alain Resnais, Chris Marker, Nina Delanović i Mirna Gurdon (studio mikser), Avgust Černigoj 

Curated by Ksenija Orelj and Sabina Salamon

The exhibition named We’re Not Like Them and the related programs will be taking place at the MMSU premises, from 4 October to 10 November 2019.

Following the topics of forced migrations and escape, We Are Not Like Them occupies itself with the notion of foreign people and foreign places. It deals with prejudices we use to construct the picture about others, but it also addresses the question of how others see us. In addition, it investigates old and new stereotypes about foreign places, focusing on an unusual terminology of ‘the Other’ – of a neighbor, a stranger, a newcomer.
Together with documentary materials, the exhibition gathers the works of invited artists and works selected through an open call. The works have been created from the 1950s onwards, and they vary from intimate confessions to allegorical and critical accounts. In general, the exhibition combines the elements of a cultural study of stereotypes, a travelogue, a documentary fiction about the figure of stranger in modern Europe and an artistic satire on social landscape, with myths of superiority, colonial history, lust and obsession with purity as its main elements.
Finally, instead of highlighting individual positions, We’re Not Like Them stresses the issue of the Other as the political issue which based on privileges of the elite over the (outsider) minority, depending on who is in the position to talk.