20 October 2023 – 20 March 2024
Opening on Friday, 20 October at 08:00 PM
Museum of Contemporary Art – MoCA
Artists: Darko Aleksovski, Meriem Bennani and Orian Barki, Jakup Ferri, Igor Grubić, Kapwani Kiwanga, Ilija Prokopiev, Zorica Zafirovska, Driant Zeneli, Lana Čmajčanin
Curated by Jovanka Popova
All That We Have in Common is an international exhibition in search of the works of mutual support and networks that emerges at times of uncertainty, that aims to strip away the precarious socially/critically constructed discourse and its manifestations in the frame of the Anthropocene.
Uncertainty, according to Isabell Lorey, is not an anthropological constant nor a transitory state of humanity; rather, it is a state characteristic for both human and non-human living beings. Moreover, uncertainty is not individual but always relational and therefore socio-ontologically defined as "being-with" other uncertain lives.
If capitalism inevitably seeks to focus on the self (identity), the exhibition raises the question: - What is the world like when it is experienced, developed, and lived from the perspective of differences, not identity? What are the ways in which solidarity and care for the others can be a point of resistance against the capitalist order?
Thus, the exhibition aims to explore the "collaborative survival" that is unfolding through the analysis of specific artworks. In the works of the selected artists, the political imagination "comes to terms with narratives of survival" where various forms of rescue are practiced. The artists reflect on generating new political arguments, new ways of engaging, new narratives, new languages, and new creative forms in an urgent need to reconsider human and non-human life beyond its boundaries.
The exhibition intends, through the analysis of specific artworks, to respond to the question of "how best to sustain faith in the network of connections, dependencies, and symbioses."
Simultaneously, the exhibition will contemplate care as an intimate relationship intersecting the social and the political, subjectivity, and solidarity within the framework of emotions, labor, ecology, and community.
The selected artists explore this territory using the available human and physical resources in the direction of social action for the common good with the intention to show that a more aggressive form of resistance in the artwork is possible. This requires imagination transformed into a "new labor", but also a joint association into new forms of political action in the special and global domains of insecurity.
The primary goal is to offer artistic interpretation and deeper analysis of left-wing politics and practices of action that address the concept of knowledge of difference, explored and presented through artistic action.